Devon Bird Sightings from April 2019

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Lydford

One Reed Bunting (m) under the feeder in my garden, been around for four days on and off!

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 10:21 pm by Steve Earl in General Birding

Siskins in the garden

A pair of Siskins in the garden this morning at Dunkeswell.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 7:05 pm by Peter in General Birding

Swifts over Berra Tor

8 swifts flying over Berra Tor on Roborough Down, Dartmoor this afternoon. 

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Jacki Solman in General Birding

RIver Caen, Velator, Braunton

Several Swallows over the river, and a solitary early Swift over the tollhouse.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Stokenham.

A lone Swift this morning.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Alan K. Searle. in General Birding

Chudleigh Knighton Heath 30-04-19

Female Whitethroat, Yellow hammers, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Stonechats, nothing out of the ordinary at present

Yellow HammerWhitethroat (F)
Yellow Hammer                                Whitethroat (F)

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:35 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire 30-04-19

Cuckoo's heard but not seen, Redstart not seen or heard, plenty of Wheatears and Tree Pipits.

Wheatear (M)Tree Pipit
Wheatear (M)                        Tree Pipit

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Dartmoor

Heard 2 Curlew in different areas. Other birds seen Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Linnets, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylarks, 3 Cuckoos in different areas. A great day for walking. 

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 4:34 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Dartmoor

Saw several Whinchat today.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 4:06 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Bideford - Ford Woodland

Cuckoo calling in Ford Woodland at 08:30 this morning. Probably just passing through.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by John L. Nixon in General Birding

Velator

Grasshopper Warbler in the reserve this morning. And no I didn't hear it, I took it out of a mist net! First for a few years. Precious little else there though. 3 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler.

1 Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape.

However the farmer has put some cows in the field by Sherpa Marsh, so possibility of Yellow Wagtails now.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 12:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Little sign of any grounded migrants except for 1 Willow Warbler (Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs all singing on territories now). Overhead a smart Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver flew low over the inland meadow and a single Whimbrel. Toward Brixham Rugby Club 4 Swifts overhead.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 10:59 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Cuckoos nr Brixham

2 cuckoos calling in lambing fields on the way down to the higher ferry last night

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 10:07 am by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

brixham

cuckoo heard yesterday afternoon from my garden on nearby farmland 

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 9:07 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

South Huish Marsh 29/04/2019

2 Barnacle geese in amongst the Canada geese, a few black-tailed godwits. 14 Whimbrel on the beach and 2 on the rocks.

Black-tailed Godwit & WhimbrelBlack-tailed Godwit & WhimbrelWhimbrel
Black-tailed Godwit & Whimbrel                                        Whimbrel

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:37 am by Richie moore in General Birding

Monday 29th April 2019

Dartmoor

5 or 6 Cuckoos heard in one area around Fernworthy Reservoir also Stonechat M&F, 2 Pippits, Skylark and some Linnets.

CuckooCuckoo landing
Cuckoo

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Pied Crow

Still at Woolacombe this evening at 7p.m. devouring the remains of someone's fried dinner. In a tree behind the toilet block.

Pied Crow
Pied Crow

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Pied Crow - Woolacombe

Potentially another new bird for Devon -the much travelled Pied Crow still along Woolacombe seafront this afternoon and has now been in the immediate area for at least 5 days and possibly longer as last seen on Lundy last Tuesday.

for pictures see - https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en

 

 

 

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Peter Tavy - Kingfisher

Spotted a Kingfisher on Colly Brook just by the bridge in Peter Tavy at 5pm, the first time I've seen one here in the 5 years I've lived in the village. Also a Dipper upstream from the bridge and a Grey Heron flying over. 

The 2 male Redstarts at Lower Godsworthy still calling from trees but no sign of the female. 

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 5:54 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

1 ringneck parakeet whitleigh plymouth

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 5:45 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

Hobby to the north of the middle car park

Hobby
Hobby

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 5:45 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Late morning next to viewing platform. Cettis, Garden Warbler,Blackcap and Reed Warbler showing well in light rain.

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 5:03 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Identification help required small bird, pale grey head, brown back, pale front with reddish tint and black tail with white edges unfortunately no camera today. On checking all my bird guides the closest I can see is Red-breasted flycatcher! as per pg 249 in my Hamyln guide. There was initially one then another arrived after a fight both flew off. 

They were seen where you enter yarner from the lower trendlebere car park on the path between the scrub land half way along on the left. Hopefully someone else can spot them and advise what they were. 

Good view of Cuckoo calling at Emsworthy just past the barn. 

Eds - male Linnet? Red-breasted Flycatcher is extremely unlikely.

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 4:46 pm by Gary Bolton in General Birding

Berryhead

Quick trip to the quarry at Berryhead, at lunchtime, have us lovely close views of Kestrel, on and off next area, lots of Goldfinches, a Rock pipit and a nice Whitethroat, calling from the stubby bushes in the quarry. Our first of the year.

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 4:11 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Soar

Sunday 28 April pm. Hobby flying east. 2 Sedge Warblers in Soar valley. 14 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff.

Posted April 29th, 2019 at 8:20 am by Roger White in General Birding

Sunday 28th April 2019

Velator

Even with the wind being absent at last, there wasn't much on show in the reserve this morning, so I set out for an evening walk around the Marsh. 3 Reed Warblers heard, 3 Little Egrets seen. Only 1 Sand martin and maybe 6 Swallows. Where are they all?

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Late afternoon, of note: a Swift hawking high over the river (my first of the year in the UK), two Garden Warblers singing and two male Pied Flycatchers.

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Slapton, South Milton

29 Whimbrel flying around Slapton, good views of Cetti's warblers and a few whitethroats along the front. Heard lots of reed warblers and glimpsed a few. Finally saw my first sedge warbler of the year after several attempts at South Milton and lots of swallows and house martins flying around the sewage works.

SwallowsWhitethroatCetti's Warbler
Swallows                                      Whitethroat                       Cetti's Warbler

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Junco update

No sightings since six yesterday.

Total raised for The Otter Trust and Devon Birds ...£263.40. Number of visitors over two days was at least 85. Thanks to Karen, Roger, Norman and Kevin for their support and to the birders who were very considerate.

Eds - ...and thanks above all, to you Susan. Your efforts have shown how a well organiosed twitch can be sucessfully arranged in such circumstances, and benefit birders, Devon Birds and other charities. Thanks again on behalf of all the birders who enjoyed the Junco. 

 

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 9:26 am by SUSAN AMBLER in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Croften Holiday Camp, Cockwood

Three breeding plumaged Cattle Egrets in fields almost opposite the entrance, with cattle, still yesterday. 

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 6:51 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Saturday 27th April 2019

Soar

8 Golden Plover in ploughed field at Southdown Farm this afternoon

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 6:28 pm by Roger White in General Birding

North Devon

Many thanks to Susan and friends for granting access for great views of the Dark-eyed Junco today. I hope the donations box (for Devon Birds & The Otter Trust) continues to build up!

After this, at Upper Tamar Lake - c50 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows & a House Martin; and at Lower Tamar Lake, c25 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins & 4 Swallows. 

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 6:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Westward Ho! Dark Eyed Junco

Still showing well this morning at 79 Atlantic Way. Viewing until 5 pm. 


Posted April 27th, 2019 at 11:10 am by Susan Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Junco- Westward Ho!

Pic taken yesterday evening.

Slate-coloured Junco
Slate-coloured Junco

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 9:40 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

nr Slapton

A friend of mine has seen a Hoopoe this morning on his farm near Slapton.

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th April 2019

East Dartmoor

Between the showers and drizzle;-

Yarner  - Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Willow and Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat. Woodpeckers, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Marsh Tit with nest material.

Normal moorland species - and 3 Cuckoo at Emsworthy.

 

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Francis Welland in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Whimbrel on passage migration resting & refuelling (Bristle worm). Mallard with 9 juveniles already,

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dunsford

An Iberian Chiffchaff was heard singing 200m from Steps Bridge yesterday just beyond where the path splits.

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Oystercatchers new in today; also 2 Whimbrels, 2 Curlews, Greenshank, Dunlin, Mandarin Duck (drake), Shag (adult), 3 Stock Doves, Bullfinch (male) & 12 Roe Deer (3 bucks).

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 1:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Thursday 25th April 2019

CANCELLATION of fieldtrip- Saturday

Please note that the fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) to Trendlebere Down and Yarner Woods planned for Sat. 27th has been cancelled due to the weather forecast (Storm Hannah) bringing rain and strong winds in the morning.

A BioiBlitz planned for Sunday 28th centred at NT Caddihoe, Ashclyst Forest, Broadclyst, Nr Exeter  between 10-4 will go ahead as planned.  Why not come and look for some birds with us. 

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Huish marsh late afternoon

19 Godwits, 13 black tailed and 6 bar tailed, 2 whimbrel on the rocks and thanks to Dave Pakes for telling me about a stunning yellow wagtail on the island which I managed to find

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Black-tailed Godwits &Bar-tailed godwits                                Godwits

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Westward Ho! garden

This bird landed briefly in my garden in Westward Ho! around 12.30 today April 25th. Photos taken through window. Looks like a Dark Eyed Junco?Can anyone confirm please?

Eds - Yes, it’s a Dark-eyed Junco! A new species for Devon. Great record. If it reappears, it would be great if the news could go out again if access can be arranged.

Dark-Eyed Junco?
Dark-Eyed Junco?

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 4:46 pm by Susan Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marsh

At first thought this was a Lesser Whitethroat because of its behavior, singing from the base of the bush. My hearing isn't the best, so could be wrong on the song, its only time out of the bush gave me a opportunity to take this pick before it went to the base of the bush again. But the more I look at the pic the more I think its a Common Whitethroat? What do the experts think?

Plenty of other birds about, Sedge, Reed, Cettis, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler all in good song.

Common or Lesser Whitethroat?
Common or Lesser Whitethroat?

Eds: Never easy from one picture and especially from this angle! The lack of a pale eye ring might suggest Lesser Whitethroat, but the white appearing more limited to the outer edges of outer tail suggest Whitethroat and bill might show some yellow/flesh colour at lower base again good for Whitethroat. Cannot see leg colour. The song would have been a much easier way to sort them out, generally 'rattle' for L Whitethroat and 'fast scratchy' song of Whitethroat.

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 1:31 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.05 to 08.45: With rain once again moving up from the south overnight, migration was generally underwhelming for the last week of April. The easterly element still present in the wind for a time, before it backed southerly, was no doubt responsible for a Lesser Whitethroat in the scrub and single calling Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit overhead. There was a small arrival of 7 Blackcaps, and 2 Willow Warblers were also new in, with none seen/heard yesterday. Swallows just about struggled into double digits, at 12. It was also quiet on the sea, with hardly anything moving, apart from 55 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which continue to head E in small groups, sub-adults now accounting for a high proportion of the total.

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 10:03 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Avon Dam

Nice views of a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from low gorse scrub on one of the slopes a little below the dam this evening.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 10:49 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walk to the Turf this evening was most rewarding. In the field next to the railway bridge on the reserve was one cattle egret with the Galloway cattle. At the end of the path alongside the railway was a small group of hirundines; 5 house martins, 2 swallows and one red-rumped swallow. It hawked for insects in the lee of the two large trees. No sign on our return at 7.30pm but lots of singing sedge, reed and Cettis warblers.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 8:19 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Saunton

Speckled Yellow Moth.


Posted April 24th, 2019 at 7:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Powderham Marsh

At Powderham Marsh today. Little Gull 2nd Summer still, 2 Green Sand, singing Reed W, Cetti’s W & 4 Blackcap. 5 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin & a White Wagtail. 

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 6:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler, Brownsham Cliff

reeling at 1130.  In the lee of the steep, N-facing side of the valley.        SS293 266

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 10:10 am by Abraham Cutajar in General Birding

Berry Head

Despite what appeared to be good fall conditions no sign of any grounded migrants, the Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs present were probably just breeding birds. Perhaps cloud cover and poor weather in France stopped any notable movement across the channel last night. Overhead 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 10:07 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Rillage Point

Seawatch 06.30-08.30 with patchy light rain and wind ESE2-3: Manx Shearwater 74, Whimbrel 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Kittiwake 12, Black-headed Gull 1 E, Lesser Black-backed Gull 20 E, Arctic Skua 2 E (1 dark, 1 light phase), Guillemot 28, Razorbill 45, unidentified auks 149 (all auks heading E, up Channel, presumably to breeding colonies on Exmoor coast at Woody Bay/Wringapeak). No grounded landbird migrants to speak of and hardly any visible migration; 5 Swallows and single Siskin and redpoll sp. about the height of it.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 9:42 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish marsh evening 23/04/19

Some splendid looking Bar-tailed godwits in summer plumage in with the Black tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel on the rocks and a few more flying about. A lovely female yellow wagtail, thanks to Mike Passman for not only spotting it but letting me look through his scope to get a brilliant view.

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Black-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed godwits                                Whimbrel

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 6:13 am by richie Moore in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Yarner and Challicombe

Garden Warbler (Tendlebere thanks to Mark Bailey for the ID) Lifer! hurrah! Also Pied Flycatchers, Tree pipit (Trendlebere) lots of Willow Warblers.Yellowhammer. Very little of note at Challicombe (only Cuckoos heard were near Yarner). A couple of Raven over and 3 buzzards near Hound Tor. Lots of Tadpoles - thousands in wet path near Sousson also Adder near there.

Garden Warb vid   https://youtu.be/tDv-9IjL19M

Pied FlycatcherWillow WarblerGarden Warbler
Pied Flycatcher                    Willow Warbler                                     Garden Warbler

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 10:46 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Dartmoor

A trip over the south side of Dartmoor this morning, lots of small birds over the moors generally, Stonechat, Greenfinch , Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Redpoll, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Hammer, Redstart, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Wren, Bullfinch, Wheatear, Raven and a Curlew heard calling.

Cuckoo seen at Venford (2) Warren House Inn (2) Emsworthy Mire (3)

  

  

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

South Hams

Pretty quiet today. Soar: 2 Wheatears, 2 singing Sedge Warblers & 3 House Martins. Slapton Ley: 3+ Sandwich Terns, a Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach and c10 singing Reed Warblers.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Postbridge area

Reeling Grasshopper Warblers today at Archerton and Tor View.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:02 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Thanks

For the info on Red Damselfly Dave, I had come to that conclusion from a frustrating Google search.....

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 8:43 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saddle Tor

Whitethroat with wheatear on path up to tor this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Princetown Railway Track - Ingra Tor

Around midday two separate cuckoos heard, several wheatears, meadow pipit carrying nest material, two linnets, lots of skylarks,  other birds included ravens & crows.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 5:46 pm by Tony Hooper in General Birding

Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Wood

Three pairs of Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Wood busy nest building; also one pair of Redstarts.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Re: Red Damsel at Velator (Yesterday - 22.4.1, Jon Turner)

FYI Jon:

There are only 2 Red Damsels, Large Red & Small Red. Large Red is the most common witha wider range of habitats. If the weather is good it can be seen from mid April, being one of the first dragons or damsels to appear.

Small Red Damsel typically wont be around for about couple of weeks or so. The males don't show any black on the tail & both sexes have red legs. Small Red is more restricted in habitat range, prefering moorland & heathland bogs, pools and seepages.

In short, yours was probably a Large Red. Hope this helps.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 2:52 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Raddick Hill

Cuckoo calling and flying from tree to tree, 11.45 this morning. 

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 2:19 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, North Devon.

2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear, 4 Willoow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Blackbirds, 4+ Skylarks, 1 Dunnock, Carrion Crows and Jackdaws, 2 Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall..

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 11:51 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.35-08.35: Manx Shearwater 40, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8 (migrants), Sand Martin 3, Swallow 6, House Martin 3, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 5, Wood Warbler 1 (in full song – a patch first!), Grasshopper Warbler 1 (reeling), Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 5, alba wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 2 (fly-over calls), Linnet 15, redpoll sp. 3, Goldfinch 36, Siskin1. Swallow numbers still stubbornly low compared with a typical spring here. The same goes for Lundy.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:13 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 22nd April 2019

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point etc

Late afternoon/rising tide. Of note: 5 Sandwich Terns over the estuary, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits on the mud, 5 Reed Warblers singing in the reedbed etc.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Velator

Very little in the reserve this morning, even in the lovely warm sunshine! a few Blackcaps, couple each of Sedge and Reed Warblers. a brief visit (flying over) of the female Marsh Harrier. First sighting this year of a  red Damselfly - misplaced my book so not exactly sure which one...

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Durl Rock

7.30 pm -  Birds settling on the rock included 20+ common gulls, 2 black back gulls, 1 shag and 2 oystercatchers. First time this year that I've seen the oystercatchers in this location.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 8:20 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Braunton

 One Red Kite seen flying over Sharlands Lane, Braunton , at 1:00pm today by Andy Cotton.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Turf and Exminster Marshes

Between 12.30-15.00. Birds of note included a male Linnet near the Turf hotel and two Egyptian Geese on Exminster Marshes. On the Turf ferry back to Topsham there was a lone Greenshank and an Avocet. 

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Jonathan Martin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Bar-tailed Godwit still around; today with a Whimbrel & Curlew on Blaxton Meadow (3 more Curlews over the estuary). Also, 2 Greenshanks,a singing Willow Warbler, Peregrine, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Stock Dove & 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 6:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yarner Wood , Challacombe farm and Warren head farm

Early morning start was rewarded by Cuckoo, Willow warbler, Tree Pipit, female Redstart in Yarner wood. On to Challacombe, with Swallows, Mistle Thrush and lovely sightings of Male and Female Redstart, walk up to Warren Head Farm, halfway between the farms, pair of Whinchat fighting over territory with a Stonechat. Lovely Day.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grenofen Woods, Dartmoor

A Red Kite high and distant overhead (zoomed and cropped record shot attached) the highlight this morning on a walk at Grenofen Woods. Also 2 song-flighting Tree Pipits, a very mobile and elusive male Redstart singing, good views of a singing Garden Warbler, a Cuckoo heard twice but not seen, a male Yellowhammer, a male Stonechat, a Raven over being mobbed by Carrion Crows, a male Grey Wagtail along the river, Green Woodpecker heard yaffling and a female Great-spotted Woodpecker along with the usual Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, etc. Lots of Brimstones around too.

Very distant Red KiteTree PipitBrimstone
Very distant Red Kite                                      Tree Pipit                                       Brimstone

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 5:28 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

22-04-19 Cuckoo's at Emsworthy Mire

At least 2 Cuckoo's showing well around Emsworthy, at one point 2 male Cuckoo's were fighting with each other, Redstart singing for a mate by a tree near the barn, a few Wheatears around. 

Cuckoo 
Cuckoo

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 4:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Haldon

Those interested in Butterflies, good numbers of Pearl-bordered Fritillary underneath the power lines today.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 3:41 pm by simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Abbottsham Cliffs

Red Kite over grazing land behind cliffs 2 pm 

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 2:44 pm by Rob Cleversley in General Birding

Cadover area, Dartmoor

Great morning. An Osprey over at 0845 was a surprise. Flying low towards Burrator. 

Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, 2 Goosander, Green Woodpecker and Dippers - including 1 Juv. 

Good numbers of common warblers - 18+ Willow, 9+ Blackcap and 3+ Chiffchaff. 

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 11:02 am by Chris E in General Birding

Cuckoo

Date of cuckoo sighting omitted from previous post - 21st April.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 9:56 am by Nic Butler in General Birding

Cuckoo

Cuckoo heard calling and seen perched in tree between Haytor Rocks and Holwell Tor SX 75313 77930 between 18.15 and 18.30. Possible second bird heard calling to the south-west.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 9:54 am by Nic Butler in General Birding

Sunday 21st April 2019

Bennet's Cross to Golden Dagger Mine, Dartmoor

The valley was alive with Willow Warbler and a couple of Chiffchaff early this morning plus 2 males and a female Whinchat. Heard but couldn't locate probably two Cuckoos but the least expected was a late Brambling at Golden Dagger.  Also a Redstart was seen at Challacombe Farm.

Brambling
Brambling

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:44 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Exmoor

Devon Exmoor: singing Redstart (8), Pied Flycatcher (7, plus 1f), Wood Warbler (3) and c.30 Willow Warblers. Somerset Exmoor: 1 m Whinchat and 5 passage Wheatears.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire and Holwell Tor

Late afternoon. Great views of a pair of Cuckoos, a singing male Redstart and several Wheatears. Also 2 Snipe, a singing Reed Bunting, a Fox and a sizeable Grass Snake. Disappointingly also a couple with a Springer Spaniel running around off the lead on Emsworthy reserve itself despite information signs about ground nesting birds and the need to keep dogs on a lead at every entrance and parking place!

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:01 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Mamhead - Starcross

In the woods and clearings around Mamhead: several Tree Pipits, a pair of Redpolls, my first Garden Warbler of the year, and innumerable Willow Willow Warblers, plus Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Sparrowhawk etc.; in and over the farmland lower down, Red-legged Partridge, at least ten Common Whitethroats, a handful of Swallows and House Martins, and a distantly-heard Cirl Bunting. Nothing of note visible in the estuary, alas. 

James Camden

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 9:47 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Early am, of note: 3 singing Tree Pipits, 1 singing male Pied Flycatcher, 1  female Pied Fly gathering nesting material, several Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing etc.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 9:42 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Crow Point Toll road.

Walked most of the way down the Toll Road this afternoon. Poor rewards. 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin 3 Swallow. Not long after passing the Toll house on the way back saw the female-type Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh.

This morning from the reserve ALL the local Gulls went up in a real frenzy (about 11.30) but by the time I got to the gate there was nothing out of the ordinary in the sky except an impressive number of Gulls. Did I again miss an Osprey?

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clampits near Bickington (north Devon)

Still at least 5 cattle egret in field with cattle - could have been a few more but difficult to see from the Tarka trail.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:58 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Two Bridges

Cuckoo singing and showing well and one Grasshopper warbler reeling in the valley this morning. Later, lots of Green Tiger Beetles around Headland Warren.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:46 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

Deancombe, Burrator.

This morning near Burrator:

1 singing Pied flycatcher (male), 2 Raven, 3 singing Blackcaps, several Willow warblers and Chiffchaff. Cuckoo and Green woodpecker both heard.


Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Berry Head

A beautiful early morning walk to go bird spotting. Starting at 7am from the Nature Reserve I headed towards St Mary's bay and followed the coastal path to Berry Head.

In the Nature Reserve I saw 2 lesser black back gulls, a pheasant, 3 yellow hammers and 5 dunnocks.

The hedgerows along the costal path were alive with bird song but many birds were difficult to spot. The highlights were a well concealed wood pigeon, 2 black birds, a robin and 4 goldfinch. On the cliffs by the coast there were numerous gulls, pigeons and crows but the best sighting was of a shag drying its wing feathers in the early morning sun. 

The highlight of my walk was wasn't a sighting but the sound of a cuckoo, which I heard several times near the southern fort at Berry Head.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:31 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Soar

Generally quiet for birds but (understandably) busy people-wise. Six Wheatears (4 males), c15 Whitethroats, 2 singing Sedge Warblers & 3 House Martins.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 20th April

Highlight was a female Whinchat (my 90th species of the year here). Also, a male Wheatear still around, 2 Common Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Curlews, a pair of Grey Wagtails, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mandarin Ducks & 2 Roe Deer (does). 

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Haytor Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling in Haytor Vale at 07.10 flew off north to Haytor Quarries, calling there briefly before, presumably, continuing onwards 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 1:25 pm by Colin Brooks in General Birding

Woods at Mill End on R Teign

6 treecreepers, three dipper, 2 grey wagtail, lots of chaffinch and blue tits, long tailed tit plus usual corvids. Possibly more treecreepers, lots around there.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 1:23 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Hackney Marsh and Passage House

1 Reed Warbler seen and a further four calling between Hackney Marsh and Passage House. 4 Greenshanks and a Greylag close to Passage House. Female Mallard with 12 young at Hackney. 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:50 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy

A beautiful morning out on the Moors (Smeardon Down, Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy). Lovely close views of the male Redstart, my first view of the male Cuckoo flying out of a tree right across in front of me (too slow to grab a shot). Other notables a Green Woodpecker flyby, 3 Jays and the usual Stonechats and Meadow Pipits.

Redstart (male)
Redstart (male)

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:38 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Lapford, Mid Devon

Red kite seen circling over my house in Lapford this morning. Also one lone swallow has arrived. 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:00 pm by Abby Harris in General Birding

Red Kite ~ South Brent

Red Kite over the house at South Brent at 10.05am this morning headed towards Ivybridge.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:08 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Saturday 20th April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-10.00: Only small numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps, but 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Common Whitethroats and a brief snatch of Lesser Whitethroat song. Hardly any hirundines (10 Swallows and 2 House Martins in 3.5 hours); surprising and potentially a bit worrying given the apparently perfect conditions at what ought to be peak passage for Swallows. Biggest surprise was a late Redwing skulking deep in a hawthorn bush as a Whitethroat sang nearby, juxtaposing winter and summer. Other migrants included a drake Shelduck, 26 Common Gulls and 3 Sandwich Terns.

 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Green tiger beetles Dartmoor

 A few green tiger beetles up on Dartmoor, ferocious predators.


Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:11 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Dartmoor

1 Cuckoo seen and another heard at same time at Emsworthy am, pm Cuckoo seen and heard at Challacombe 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Yarner wood

Lots of willow warblers singing and heard my first cuckoos of the year. A tree pipit and a few pied flycatchers, saw a redstart and a few garden warblers.

Garden WarblerPied FlycatcherRedstart
Garden Warbler                              Pied Flycatcher                                   Redstart

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

17.30 - 20.00 avoiding most of the holiday crowds around Turf. Lots of singing and showing Sedge Warblers (no Reed Warb) Two Egyptian Geese near Turf. At least 6 Cettis (3 seen). Peregrine on pylon the only raptor except a dead female kestrel by road.Two Wheatear on one of the brick "pill boxes". Lots of Swallows on the boats at Turf.

Sedge Warb vid -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GCJJqdKR10&feature=youtu.be

SwallowEgyptian GooseWheatear
Swallow                          Egyptian Goose                               Wheatear

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire and Yarner Wood

12.30

Obliging male Redstart in full song at the Barn.  Mobile and vocal Cuckoo moving around the valley.  4 Wheatears closer to the road.

Pied Flys, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Redstart (heard only) at nearby Yarner Wood. 

A Wheatear, Whitethroat, Sandwich Tern and 2 Grey Seals earlier (10.45) at Hope's Nose. 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Hams

3 Redstart at Prawle & 2 Reed Warblers at Beesands.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Cracking day, tried my best but eventually gave it up to the holiday crowds.Could only find one male Ring-necked Duck this morning just north of Stokeley Bay. At least 10 Reed Warblers singing and good numbers of singing Cetti's Warblers and Blackcaps. No Sedge or Willow Warblers. 4 Swallows were the only hirundines. Offshore 2 unidentified divers flew south ( probably Black-throated ) and 4 Sandwich Terns. A lone Grey Plover on the beach.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Smeardon Down Cuckoo

A Cuckoo calling on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy this lunchtime, unable to get a visual on him

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Bennets Cross to ruin near Soussons.

One grasshopper warbler and willow warblers on every third tree, or so it seemed. Beautiful morning walk.


Posted April 20th, 2019 at 11:11 am by Ian Muir in General Birding

Starcross

Heard a Cuckoo from the house in Starcross this morning.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 10:48 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Baggy Point Seawatch

0645 - 0735: 3 Gannet, 6 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Red-Throated Diver, plus 6 unidentified auks

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Mark Wardman in General Birding

Friday 19th April 2019

Roundswell

Four Goldfinches on my drive.

One of four Goldfinches.
One of four Goldfinches.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 11:23 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Redstarts

Pair of Redstarts showing well this evening at Yarner wood .,along with the pied flycatchers, willow warblers and a lovely Goldcrest.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator ringing

A quality morning's ringing today: Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcaps, Dunnock, juv Robin, Kingfisher and a Merlin!

Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.
Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!                        On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham and Exminster Marshes

11.00

Little Gull, Snow Goose and Green Sandpiper from the viewing platform at Powderham.

12.00

Cattle Egret amongst the cows in the fields behind Lion's Rest.

 

 

 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:18 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Cuckoos

2 cuckoos calling and flying in valley above Burrator reservoir .Also a lively and inquisitive weasel .

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:05 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in General Birding

Stover Country Park

This morning at Stover:

3 Tufted duck (2m, 1f), 11 Mandarin duck, 6 Willow warbler, 4 Blackcap including 3 singing males, 5 Siskin, 2 Marsh tit, 2 Stock dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green woodpecker, and several Nuthatch round the feeders. 

Marsh tit.Stock Dove.Nuthatch.
Marsh tit.                           Stock Dove.                                      Nuthatch

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 6:30 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Serin

2 Serins (pair?) Harrowbeer airfield. Viewing within 5 meters 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Ian Mortimore in General Birding

East Soar

Highlight today Hoopoe just west of Starehole Ponds by Pump House, found by NT staff and giving excellent views in early pm. Also: 5 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 8 Sand Martin, House Martin & 15 Swallow.

Non-avian: 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Wall Brown., Small Copper.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morte Point

0700 - 11.40  1 Whitethroat. Only 1 Swallow. No Martins. Good number of singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Wheatear collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by a Stonechat  Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling? collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by Stonechat. Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling?

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Cuckoo's at venford reservoir

2 cuckoo's seen and calling  all around venford this morning also 8 male + female blackcaps seen displaying around the reservoir footpath and 1 swallow 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Hamish Johnson in General Birding

Cuckoo, sidvalley

Cuckoo heard calling in the upper Sidvalley this morning, the first one I've heard here in 6 years. Also a Hobby flew over the outskirts of Sidbury.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Jude Dinham-Price in General Birding

Raptors

Helped my brother take out and put in a new engine for his boat at liners lane n.devon and between 11.25-11.38 had 3buzzards 3 sparrowhawk's a red kite then the gulls created downstream towards appledore and managed to connect with an osprey.Pretty cool 13 minutes.Brimstone butterfly just in the our garden Bideford.Could be a first.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 1:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Tamar Lakes.

4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Chaffinches, 2 Great Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 2 Wood Pigeons, small groups of Mallards and a few Teal, 5 Moorhens, 3 Coot, 3 Cormorants,

2 Orange Tips and 3 Brimstones.

Strangely - no hirundines, 

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Norsworthy Bridge area

Walking up the path to Kingset Farm, heard Willow  Warbler, Chiffchaff, then  saw a pair of Wheatear, the female taking food into a wall. On the way back a lovely Red start. 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 12:21 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Bull Point

A busy morning (06.15-09.10): adult Mediterranean Gull and 52 Common Gulls migrating E (latter incl. a single flock of 36), 5 Sandwich Terns heading W, 1 Short-eared Owl (evident migrant, flew out to sea then high over Morte Point), 10 Sand Martins, 19 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 21 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 3 Wheatears, 1 flyover Tree Pipit, 27 Meadow Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 28 Linnets, 1 redpoll sp., 76 Goldfinches (many flying high overhead and out to sea at the lighthouse), and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:52 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite Plymouth

Single bird drifted over Lipson at 10.40 harassed by Herring Gulls

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:51 am by Rich Billington in General Birding

Blackcaps

4 in our Bideford garden this morning.The resident male still and 3 females.Putting up a new swift box this weekend in eager anticipation of their arrival.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 9:21 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 18th April 2019

N Devon Hunters Inn

A pair of Pied Flycatchers and good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Linnet, Stonechat and Wheatear on the headland.

Pied flycatcher (m)Pied flycatcher (F)
Pied flycatcher (m)                     Pied flycatcher (F)

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 9:22 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

South Huish marsh

2 cattle egret on South Huish marsh and a little egret, 2 wheatear, 1 Med gull, 7 Whimbrel flying around the bay and a few sandwich terns.

Cattle EgretLittle Egret & Cattle egretSandwich Tern
Cattle Egret                  Little Egret & Cattle egret                                Sandwich Tern

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Swift - Kingsteignton

A solitary Swift feeding over Kingsteignton 1915hrs - very early return for this site - normally 2nd May

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 7:23 pm by JDA in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A late Jack Snipe, Snipe, 5 Wheatears (3m), 2 House Martins, 12+ Swallows, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & a pair of Mandarin Ducks.  

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Colyford Common, East Devon

                   

This Jackdaw had a ready supply of nest material thanks to a Ruby Red.  Not seen this behaviour before but both seemed quite happy with the arrangement.  Otherwise not much of interest around Seaton Wetlands. 

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 6:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.20-08.40 In contrast to yesterday, rather few grounded migrants, though including another Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroats and a Wheatear, but only low single numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps. On the flip side, visible migration was more in evidence, at least early on until a strong and chilly ENE wind started up. Totals included: 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all following the shoreline up channel in small groups), 33 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 62 Meadow Pipits, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 44 Linnets and 56 Goldfinches.

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Toll Road/Velator

Cycled down the Toll road this morning, hoping for an Osprey. Saw 3 Wheatears, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, and a lot of Crows and Gulls getting very excited. Hastening towards the White House, I couldn't see anything to get excited about until this Otter appeared - catching something in the mere and bringing it to shore to eat. It did this several times as I sat in the Toll road embankment watching. Then it headed out over the small hedge and straight towards me! Must have passed within 6 feet! Then down the embankment to the Toll Road right in front of a White Van who stopped and watched as it plopped into the ditch, scaring the young Cows! The only unfortunate thing about the whole episode was that it appeared to have a broken rear left leg.

Later I saw Sue Bruce who had seen the Great White Egret at Sherpa, and I also saw it briefly from a distance.

Otter on the mud.Otter close up.
Otter on the mud.                                     Otter close up.

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Bit quiet generally, but a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins through. At least two Wheatear showing quite well. Little Grebe calling at the back, also Cetti's and Sedge Warbler 'singing' in the reeds, carrying over in an easterly wind. In the lane Blackcap, Chiff Chaff and Nuthatch

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

2 Swallows at our house today, looked as if they were preparing to roost this evening. Orange tip in garden

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 10:27 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Insects at South Milton

Nice to see a few insects in the sunshine at South Milton

Dotted Bee flyPeacockSpeckled wood
Dotted Bee fly                                 Peacock                                         Speckled wood

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Migrating whimbrel South Huish marsh

Lots of Whimbrel flying around South Huish marsh one flock contained over 100.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:34 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

South Hams

Soar: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 2 Sand Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs & 18 Yellowhammers.

Slapton Ley: the 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes) still around half way down Lower Ley, 5 Reed Warblers singing, c25 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, Common Sandpiper, drake Goldeneye & 8 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-08.45 Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. The scrub held good numbers of other grounded warblers, including at least 18 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers and 3 Whitethroats, as well as 2 Wheatears. Overhead, visible migration was rather quiet considering the promising weather conditions locally, but news from Mike Langman of thick clag at Berry Head gave a clue as to why relatively few birds seemed to be moving north. That said, there were 35 Swallows whipping through and out to sea, along with 8 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 22 Meadow Pipits, 28 Linnets, 16 Goldfinches and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 8:55 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartmoor

My walk was accompanied to the sound of a cuckoo , sighting of an osprey riding on thermal waves, skylarks singing and a clouded yellow butterfly. What a walk . 

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Ruth Baker in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1400-15.30

A single Whimbrel on foreshore at Ashford sewage works and a flock of c20 overhead. Black-headed Gulls have reduced in large numbers and Herring Gulls, LBBG and GBBG have taken over their normal roosts.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Hope's Nose

11.00-12.30

Steady stream of Swallows heading north, perhaps 45+.  11 Sandwich Terns, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipits and 3 Gannets. 

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:54 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Sandy Lane Car Park to Saunton Sands Golf Club

Good numbers of Willow Warbler 15, Chiffchaff 12, & Blackcap 18 along this section of footpath.

Also my first Lesser Whitethroat of the spring.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berrynarbor Wheatear

Wheatear seen in our garden and meadow this afternoon.  It spent all afternoon flitting between the various wood piles.  I wonder if it is the same one that spent a few days here at this time last year.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:40 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Little Gull on Powderham Marsh was the highlight.also Blackcap (male singing) and Cirl Buntings plus a pair of Kestrel. On both sides of the railway Reed and Sedge Warblers heard not seen, at least 5 Cettis (one seen), and numerous Reed Bunting. Gadwall near middle car park and Skylark over the lagoon. Lots of Swallows particularly near Turf.

Little Gull flying video -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm7Ghb_9AOo

Blackcap singing video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fO6QmvreDU

Little GullGadwallBlackcap
Little Gull                            Gadwall                                 Blackcap

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Roborough Down, Clearbrook

A male Cuckoo seen and heard this morning - also Lesser Redpolls, Willow Warblers. Chiffchaffs,Yellowhammers and a Peregrine.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 4:48 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Velator/Sherpa

Not much of note in the reserve this morning (one Sedge Warbler) so I went for a walk around Sherpa. Of note: a pair of Wigeon (somewhat late) 3 Common Sandpipers, which flew off north. 3 Grey Herons, 5 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret which flew south but I was blocked by the embankment and so I didn't see if it landed at the Sherpa pools. One singing but unseen Reed Warbler.

No Hirundines at all!

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Orange Tip Butterfly  (the only butterfly) at Chambercombe Manor this morning.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 2:45 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A short visit this evening produced: Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 13 Wheatears (9 males), Red-legged Partridge, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Little Egrets, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks & 2 Swallows.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

12 Blackcaps between Braunton & Barnstaple & 3 more between Barnstaple & Bishop's Tawton along the cycle track & footpath. A  few male Orange - tips on the wing.

Several large branches torn from the trees alongside the trail by yesterday's gales.


Posted April 16th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plymouth Sound

1 Sandwich Tern being hassled by a Herring Gull off Plymouth Hoe this afternoon.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Trendlebere Down, Top Car Park. 16/4/19

Tree Pippit Put On A Good Show Today,With A Lot Of Aerial Maneuvers!!

    

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 6:53 pm by patrick hawkins in General Birding

Powderham Marsh - Little Gull

A moulting adult Little Gull found by Brian H early afternoon and still present mid/late afternoon flying up and down the main channel by the pylon. Also 1 Green Sand and the Snow Goose also present. Interestingly an adult Little Gull was present here on the 7th April last year 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 6:45 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Velator reserve

Not a promising start, but the misty mizzle cleared and I opened the nets about 10. In yesterday's howling gale, there were good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins catching insects over the pond, They returned today but I couldn't entice any into the nets. Ringed one Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler (very fat). 9 Willow Warblers, a House Sparrow, and, after hearing one yesterday I saw it today and then caught the first juvenile Blackbird of the year, A pair of Linnets again put in an appearance.

As it warmed up later on, a few Orange-tips, a Speckled Wood and a Comma appeared.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plymouth

Flock of 40 whimbrel flew into Plymouth sound from out at sea heading toward,s St. John’s lake at 2.30 pm.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 4:54 pm by Sylvia tucker in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

7 Swans in Brixham Harbour at low tide this morning. Unfortunately the 7 wouldn't come together for a photograph !!! 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:25 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Dreary start but sun poking through late morning. Highlight was male Ring Ouzel plus 6 Wheatear, 34 Swallow, 12 Blackcap, Willow Warbler in song & 14 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 4 Holly Blue, Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor

A very rushed distant image of Redpoll visiting the garden this morning.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Eds - this is presumably a Lesser Redpoll (though not all the key separation points from Common (Mealy) can be assessed in this photo.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:09 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Blackborough

Tree Pipit in the cleared plantation.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Blackcap

This Blackcap ha been a regular visitor over the last three days feedng from cut apples on the bird tRobin

Eds - please give location for all posts (exact one is not required for private gardens)

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:21 pm by Ranald Fowler in General Birding

Penhill Marsh

8 Cattle egret still present feeding with cows in fields opposite side of the Tarka Trail to Penhill Marsh. 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Cuckoo

Heard at 11.45am in woods to rear of Kingsley school Bideford today unable to locate 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Rob Cleversley in General Birding

Tiverton Garden watch

most of the finches have dispersed, leaving 2pr Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1pr Chaffinch, 4/5 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin 2m 1f, 3 adult Robins 1juvenile, 2pr Great tit 1pr very brightly coloured the other washed out?, 5 Blue tit, 1 Coal tit, 3 Longtailed tit,  possible 2 Chiffchaff?? 1 Wren, 1 Magpie, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Starling (a first) 1 pr House Sparrow (another first)

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 12:08 pm by martyn Webb in General Birding

Walls Hill Torquay

10 swallows flying over the cliffs this morning at 0640hrs. 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 10:39 am by Michael Curran in General Birding

Monday 15th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Interesting apparent miscalculation by male Sparrowhawk, who initially flew at a Grey Squirrel under feeders in our garden. Pretty sure this is same bird that frequently uses an ambush tactic of sitting in a hedge then pouncing. This time the bird was one side of a tree with the squirrel at the other, about 8 feet away. After initially swooping around the trunk with intent, the Sparrowhawk seemed to quickly decide it wasn't a good idea and landed on a wall close by. The squirrel jumped but didn't run, then carried on feeding. The Sparrowhawk composed itself before flying up the garden hedge where it regularly sits and waits, typically this is quite close to the ground.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Lydford

Highlights on feeder in my garden; four Redpolls 1 m and 3 f, up to seven Siskins 4 m and 3f. Siskins have been around for four weeks or so. Brief glimpse of Sparrowhawk this am.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Steve Earl in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 08.00 - 14.00: 73 Sandwich Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, "Commic" Tern, 4 Bonxies, 2 Great Northern & a Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe (in sum plum, sitting on the sea), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-s & ad-s), 12 Sand Martins (south very low over the sea), Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal. 

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dockwell - South Brent

Spring migrants may be arriving, but winter is still with us in more ways than just the current cold weather! A mixed flock of 50+ Fieldfare and Redwing, probably equal numbers of each, very mobile in the tops of oak trees at Dockwell, South Brent at 4pm today.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Yarner

Yarner and Trendlebear , Very strong winds across the area~ Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, male Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Peregrine and the briefest view of a male Redstart.

 Chiffchaff Willow Warbler

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Willow Warbler Exeter

Willow Warbler singing in St Bartholomew’s Cemetery Park, above Exe Street, central Exeter. They pass through here each year during the second week of April, staying for about a week.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 10:18 am by Simon Smith in General Birding

Sunday 14th April 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch in SE cold winds force 5-6. Pat from 6.30am saw 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel. From 7.30 to 1.15 pm we saw 2 Bonxies, 5 Black- throated Divers ( 2 in full summer plumage), 17 Sandwich Terns, 17 Common Scoter,130 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Fulmars, plus 600+ Gannets.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 10:35 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Elberry

2 Whimbrel on the headland rocks this evening

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Starcross

Hobby chased by peregrine over river. 2pm 

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Red Kite near Bampton

Red Kite about 50' above the road 1 mile along the B3227 from Bampton. Being harried by a crow.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 7:40 pm by Pete Lamb in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

mear valley exmouth 3 ringneck parakeet

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 6:50 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Cold wind this afternoon but some signs of migration.Two male Wheatears, 3 Swallows, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 22 Turnstones, Greenshank, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female), Dunlin, 11 Little Egrets, Shag, 2 Stock Doves & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sea watching, Thurlestone

Sat with Mike Passman at Thurlestone looking  out to sea (as cold as I've been all winter). Thanks to his magnificent scope and magnificent sea watching skills got 400+ Gannets 1 Great skua (year?) 2 Great Northern divers  Common Scoters,  Sandwich terns  Whimbrel, sparrowhawk a single swallow, fulmars. Mike had more that I failed to pick up. Great morning. Singing Chiffchaffs, blackcaps and a cettis warbler near the sewage works. Also a Roe deer.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Hobby at Dawlish Warren

Highlight of today's WeBS count at Dawlish Warren was a single HOBBY flying up the Golf Course, across the Bight and over Warren Point towards Exmouth at 12:45.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Wrafton/Velator

5 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape early (ish) 9.10, At Sherpa Marsh 2 Common Sandpipers and a smattering of Sand Martins. A small flock of Pipits contained a few Water Pipits. No sight or sound of any Reed Warblers today.  In the reserve several each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler. As the morning wore on a single Swallow started chasing insects around the pond, and then attracted a few more, eventually there were about 25 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins. A small Warbler dashed out of a small reed-bed and didn't look right for a Phyllosc. Focussing on the reed stems I first saw a Willow Warbler and then another bird deeper in, which when it moved out of cover revealed the lovely creamy eye-stripe of a Sedge Warbler.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 1:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Blackcaps

3 possibly 4 this morning in our garden.Defininteley 3,2male& female.One has been singing in back lane hedge and our garden and seems to have attracted a potential mate which probably came in overnight all feeding on ivy berries.

Eds - please state location for sightings (a general area is fine)

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 10:17 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Slapton Ley 11 April

To start with I found it difficult to locate the Black-necked Grebe as it was underwater a lot of the time.  Fortunately the bird stayed mostly to the east of Stokeley hide.  Unfortunately it didn't come close.

The male Goldeneye was more obliging, cruising up and down in front of the hide, finally in the evening taking off  to join a group of Tufted Duck.

Black-necked GrebeMale GoldeneyeMale Goldeneye take off run
Black-necked Grebe               Male Goldeneye               Male Goldeneye take off run

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 6:19 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lundy seabirds

Aberrant Lesser BB gull

Fulmar                   Lesser Black-backed Gull
Fulmar                                                     Lesser Black-backed Gull

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 12:57 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Lundy

Goldcrest sipping nectar.  

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 12:42 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Saturday 13th April 2019

Beesands Diving Duck

Wednesday 10 April.  Much warmer here than at Stokeley Hide where the wind was off the sea.   The male Ring-necked Duck regularly returned to the    island to rest in between bouts of feeding. I am attaching a photo of the alert bird that shows the ring neck.

The Scaup preferred to fish in the water to the seaward side of the island.  The bird was quite wary and knew I was trying to photograph him. 

Male Ring-necked Duck
Male Ring-necked Duck

Adult male Scaup
Adult male Scaup

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 8:54 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton and Beesands Leys

Raw east wind not making easy viewing. At Slapton the 3 Ring-necked Ducks still on the Lower Ley north of Torcross. Also male Goldeneye and the summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe in Stokeley Bay. Good numbers of hirundines early afternoon, at least 120 Sand Martins, 25 Swallows and 15 House Martins. 30 plus Common Gulls in Ireland Bay and 3 singing Reed Warblers in the relative shelter behind Ireland Bay.

A quick look at Beesands Ley late afternoon and the male Ring-necked Duck here showing well. Also present 14 Tufted Ducks, male Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 40 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins and a House Martin. Don't think I saw a butterfly all day...to cold.

 

 

 

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Very cold howling winds at Berry Head today, not a great variety to be seen on the sea, but a steady stream of Gannet, plenty of Fulmar, lots of GBBG's and one brief sighting of a flight of Manx Shearwaters, the Guillemot colony is fairly active.

Back home at South Brent Green Woodpecker calling and tucked away in a Holy tree were two Tawny owls that I have seen each day this last week.

  

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 6:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy

A single male Redstart in fields at the bottom of Smeardon Down off the road to Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy this morning, quite mobile but showing well. No sign of any Cuckoos as yet.

Redstart (male)
Redstart (male)

Redstart (male)
Redstart (male)

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 4:52 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Starcross

Short eared owl over the allotments. Midday 

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 12:16 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Friday 12th April 2019

Soar & South Huish

A very slow and cold start at Soar with little appearing before three hours after first light. Then: Redstart (female), 9 Wheatears, Whitethroat,    4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 5 House Martins, 9 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Hares & a buck Roe Deer.

South Huish: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-s & 2nd-s), 3 Swallows & 2 House Martins.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Tavistock

This morning I saw my first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year in Bedford Square, Tavistock feeding on the flower stall despite the chilly wind.

https://youtu.be/P2a3I_Ke4Oc

Link to short YouTube video

 

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Tony Marchese in Other Wildlife

Yarner

Dart Bridge ~ Grey Wagtail and a drake Mandarin in flight down the river.

Yarner and Trendlebear (very overcast and cold first thing this morning) ~ Willow Warbler and Tree Pipit both species seen and heard, both in full song at times, the Pipit at one point doing its display flight. Woodpeckers calling and drumming well, Long Tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Wren, Goldcrest, Redpoll, male Pied Flycatcher, Linnet, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat and male Blackcap.

  

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 1:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

1male Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, small groups of Swallows and Sand Martins, 1 Jay, 12+ Rooks, 6 Goldfinches.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Harvey Kendall. in General Birding

Tarka trail

Braunton - Pottington and back. 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the Wrafton scrape. No singing Chiffs or Willow Warblers in cold conditions. 3 or 4 Blackcaps either seen or singing. No sign of the small Gulls. Highlight were 2 Goosander at Ashford.

Also very quiet in the reserve. One Malcolm Shakespeare over at Sherpa, who revealed .that he had had a couple of Reed Warblers.

 

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 12:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sharkham

A singing Whitethroat this morning in the scrub below the high benches together with 2 Blackcap

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 9:59 am by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Surprisingly good for migrants this morning (06.45-08.00), in spite of the unpromisingly cold and clear conditions, with a biting ESE wind. Totals included 3 Sandwich Terns (first of the year here), 1 Sand Martin, 28 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps (including the first 2 females of the year for this site), 1 Wheatear, 3 alba wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits, 2 Tree Pipits, 50 Linnets, 5 Crossbills (in off the sea, heading ESE into the wind), 21 Goldfinches and 1 Siskin.

On Wednesday 10th, a strong E-bound passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (total of 84, mainly ads) and my first Common Redstart of the year – a single female.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 9:49 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 11th April 2019

South Huish marsh

Beautiful evening at South Huish but a cold wind. A couple of Med gulls and 20 Black-tailed godwits 3 in Summer plumage. A buzzard flew over and unsettled the gulls. A few chiffchaffs up the lane and 2 red legged partridge in the field.

Mediterranean Gulls, Black headed gulls, a common gull and herring gullsBuzzardBlack-tailed Godwits
Mediterranean Gulls, Black headed gulls, a common gull and herring gulls

Buzzard & Black-tailed Godwits

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Greenshanks, Dunlin, Goosander (redhead), Snipe, 9 Little Egrets, Green Woodpecker & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 9:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

13 Purple Sandpipers at the far end of Haldon Pier at high tide this morning. My highest count at this location this winter / spring. 

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Stover Park

3 Stock Dove feeding on the ground below the feeders this afternoon. On the lake, pr tufted duck, pr mandarin but otherwise quiet. Butterflies included numerous brimstones plus peacock and red admiral.

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Trendlebere Down, Top Car Park.

A Very Vocal Tree Pipit This Morning, Found By Roger Jewell. 11/04/19

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 6:57 pm by patrick hawkins in General Birding

emsworthy mire

great grey shrike seen between holwell tor and haytor at 12.30 , also a yellow hammer under holwell tor.  back at the barn there was a male redstart,

at yarner woods a  pied flycatcher showed well  and then found a treepipit in trendlebeare carpark.  

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 5:43 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Exeter City, Exwick and Northbrook.

Apres haircut walk from town today, Peregrine on St Michael's Church - Lots of Lesser Black-backed gulls along the river. Great Crested Grebe pair, Kingfisher, approx 10 Sand martin and a couple of swallows (around the railway bridges) and beyond Exwick Paper Mill working upriver towards Cowley (and always away from me) a female GOOSANDER. Lots of people about everywhere nothing of note on Exwick allotments,but on the Northbrook brief glimpses of Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.

Goosander vid - https://youtu.be/Ns8CXYBNlws

Peregrine - https://youtu.be/FPTFsfuTuOo

My first Small Tort of the year and first small/holly blues (not sure which), Spec Wood, Peacock and Orange Tip.

GoosanderGreat Crested GrebePeregrine
Goosander                            Great Crested Grebe                     Peregrine

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 5:42 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Devon side of Exmoor

Redstart 2 male 2 female,Willow Warbler Chiffchaff,Black Cap,small numbers of each, good selection of woodland birds, pair of grey wagtail and Dippers feeding young.

Redstart maleRedstart FemaleWillow Warbler
Redstart male                                       Redstart Female                      Willow Warbler

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Starcross

At least 7 Cattle Egrets on the wreck just upriver of Starcross early this morning

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Rich Price in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Anchorwood Bank. 11.00 - 13.00. High tide 10.38.

Together with Malcom Shakespeare.

On arrival the tide was still high and all sandbanks covered. At the time there was a roost of Black-headed Gulls and Shelduck at the east end of Penhill Marsh. By about 11.30 the tide had dropped and the Black-headed Gulls started feeding over the water in front of us. We both picked up the Little Gull feeding with B.H.Gulls. At 11.45 Malcolm was first to pick up the Bonaparte`s Gull in among the B.H.Gulls and both remained for the next 15minutes or so. Both gulls then disappeared from view. At about 12.30 just the Little Gull reappeared and rested on the uncovered sandbar in front of us. No further sightings of Bonaparte`s.

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 3:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Hope's Nose

11.00

Great Northern Diver in Hope Cove. 

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 12:58 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Roundswell

1 pair of Greenfinch, 4 Hedge Sparrows, 4/5 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush with food, a number of Blackbirds M and F, 2 x Robin, 6 Blue tits, 1 Great tit, 12 or more Wood pigeon and good number of House sparrows.

Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 10:03 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Hennock Reservoirs

8-10 swallow feeding over Kennick Reservoir this evening. 

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

Emsworthy mire

Sneaked off work early and went up to Emsworthy mire and was rewarded with some great views of the great grey shrike through the scope but a little distant for a decent photo, a few wheatears up there and several meadow pipits. One swallow flew over.

Great Grey ShrikeMeadow PipitWheatear
Great Grey Shrike                     Meadow Pipit                                            Wheatear

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Powderham Marsh & Countess Weir

36 Sand Martin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Cetti’s W, Green Sandpiper, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin at Powderham Marsh. 25 Sand Martin & 2 House Martin at Countess Weir.

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 7:49 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Female Whitethroat (very elusive) and pair of Blackcap just south of the white bridge this afternoon. More info http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

emsworthy mire

Great Grey Shrike high on ridge from Saddle Tor at 12.30. Breeding pair of Nuthatch in valley. Numerous pipits but no cuckoos yet. Kestrel hunting over marsh edge.

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 6:24 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in General Birding

Red Grouse

A pair of Red Grouse and about 60 Golden Plover in full breeding plumage on the Moor North of Postbridge.  

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 4:43 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in General Birding

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

First patch visit for 12 days saw steady visible migration – in spite of the heavily overcast conditions and a chilly E wind – as well as good numbers of grounded warblers. Totals included: Sand Martin 10, Swallow 5, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler 13, Chiffchaff 13, Blackcap 9, alba wagtail 5, Meadow Pipit 41, Tree Pipit 3 (my first of the spring), Linnet 48, Crossbill 1, and Goldfinch 42.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 10:26 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartmoor

Highlights of an excellent walk from Emsworthy to Parke

Emsworthy- Great Grey Shrike at 0800 near the barn

Haytor area- Green Woodpecker and Yellowhammer

Yarner-  Pied Flycatcher (male)

Parke- Dipper

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 7:38 pm by Rich Price in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple from Anchorwood Bank. High Tide 0917.

All sandbanks were still tide covered when I arrived at 11.00 but Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls were feeding frenziedly close to the bank near the start of Penhill Marsh. As the falling tide started to uncover the sandbanks the gulls started to land but there was no sign of the Bonaparte`s Gull. At 12.15 I picked up the Little Gull on the sandbank in centre of the river. It remained until 12.30 and then disappeared.

A search of the river on Pottington side from 12.45 until 13.30, down as far as Ashford Sewage Works, also no sign of Bonaparte`s or Little Gull.

11 Black-tailed and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. c35 Shelduck.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 7:14 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

Great Grey Shrike still on site this afternoon in 3rd field after the barn. More info at http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Emsworthy Mire

Several sightings of the Great Grey Shrike today and was still there at 3pm when I left, quite mobile and distant but others might get a better shot.


Posted April 9th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

River Avon, Averton Gifford

Early evening, female goosander, male and femail stonechat and chiffchaff singing

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

East Portlemouth Area

2 Sandwich Terns over the Bar. House Martin in off at Gara Rock.

1st Green Hairstreak & 2 Small Coppers.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Head

Only four members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip this morning raising the question... where was everybody?  (Maybe something to do with the error in the published programme).  2 Wheatear and a fine male Redstart were the main interest plus the Guillemot colony, Fulmars and a small pod of Harbour Porpoise (?) present below the headland.

Broadsands car park produced 7+ Cirl Bunting in the afternoon.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 3:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Velator

Very quiet in the reserve this morning, NO Butterflies at all (5 species yesterday including 1st Red Admiral and Green-veined White).

12 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 2:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Yarner Wood ~ Pied Flycatcher

Dart Bridge ~ Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Wren.

Yarner Wood ~ Woodpeckers calling and drumming well, two species seen, Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Heron, Wren, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, two Treecreeper and two male Pied Flycatcher.

Around Emsworthy~ Greenfinch, Linnet, Wheatear, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Jay, several pairs of Stonechat .

Out on Dartmoor a Goshawk being mobbed by two Carrion Crow.

Back home at South Brent (a Peregrine soaring high over the house yesterday) overnight Tawny owls calling and today Bullfinch, Song Thrush and Chiffchaff .

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Yesterday at Prawle

Yesterday 8th April. Winds SE 2-3 going 4. Sunny spring morning. With Pat M.

3 Common Redstarts, 1 male Pied Flycatcher, 6+ Willow Warblers singing. Female Ring Ouzel seen by Pat. Black Redstart fem/imm type, female Wheatear. Plus lots of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in song.

Impromptu hour's seawatch at 10.45 saw 25 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Common Scoter flying east. Also a few Swallows in off the sea at midday. Pat saw a few Sandwich Terns in Horsley Cove.

 

Common Redstart                                           Pied Flycatcher

  

Black Redstart                                                 Willow Warbler

   

 

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 11:05 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding

D.W.T. Emsworthy Dartmoor.

Great Grey Shrike,D.W.T. Emsworthy Taken At 08.30 This Morning


Posted April 9th, 2019 at 10:06 am by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish marsh 08/04/19

Brief visit to South Huish marsh after work, several Chiffchaffs singing in the lane and lots of wrens, 21 Black-tailed godwits on the marsh and a wheatear near the carpark.

ChiffchaffBlack-tailed GodwitsWren
Chiffchaff                                 Black-tailed Godwits                                               Wren

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Monday 8th April 2019

South Hams

Four Ring-necked Ducks in the South Hams today! A drake at Beesands Ley and the 2 drakes and a duck on Slapton Ley (Torcross end). 

At Soar, a Firecrest (with apparent "pollen horns"), a Reed Warbler singing, 11 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Swallow & Snipe.

Also: at Beesands, drake Scaup, Willow Warbler & Sandwich Tern; and at Slapton, summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe (half way down Lower Ley), c20 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, Sandwich Tern, 2 Willow Warblers & a sinensis cormorant.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Matford - Kenton

Matford - Green Sandpiper, a singing Treecreeper, more singing Willow Warblers (I assume these are passage birds using the Exe valley as a migration corridor), several Sand Martins, and my first Swallows of the year, but no Cattle Egrets.

Exminster - No Garganey, but a fly-over Yellow Wagtail, more Sand Martins, the Sedge Warbler singing near the fisherman's car park again, two Barnacle Geese, a Peregrine on the pylons, many Shelduck and Curlew (but still no Whimbrel), and three late Pintail.

Starcross - Kenton - many "singing" Red-legged Partridge in the arable land and my first House Martins of the year.

James Camden

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by James Camden in General Birding

River Taw adj to Horsey Island

6.20pm....good views of an Osprey catching a fish, and being harassed by a determined posse of Shelduck

Osprey catching a fishOsprey being mobbed by Shelduck
Osprey catching a fish                              Osprey being mobbed by Shelduck

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Penhill Marsh

At least 7 Cattle Egret still present this pm in the field with Cattle to the south of the Tarka Trail, opposite Penhill Marsh. 

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 8:10 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Inside Man #2 - Paignton Goldcrest

My patience and persistence paid off today with these lucky shots from inside the dining room. The female Goldcrest, before attempting to see off her own reflection, usually sizes things up from the rotary drier before coming to the window or brass plate on the back door handle.

Unfortunately, not caring about clean washing, she frequently poops on it!

 

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 6:53 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Inside Man #1 - Paignton Goldcrest

Just a few more of my visitor to the window, this time taken from the inside. Her visits are getting more frequent and, since I've never had Goldcrest so active in this part of the garden, let alone reacting to a reflection like this, I can only assume she plans to nest close by and is practicing some aggressive territorial behaviour. Other theories welcome.

                                  

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 6:40 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

East Soar

Best was cracking male Redstart. Also 6 Willow Warbler, Swallow, Snipe, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 6:29 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Braunton

Couldn't see Dave's Osprey in a brief cycle down the Toll road at about 9.30. 2 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. First female Blackcap in the reserve.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Willow Warbler and two Swallows, mid morning wander.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Michael Curran in General Birding

Berry Head

Some  migrants at this morning: 1 Redstart (male), 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff a pod of approx 20 Common Dolphin and 3 Harblour porpoise.

Common Dolphin Berry Head April 2019 ML     Common Dolphins

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

Great Grey Shrike showing well near Devon Wildlife Trust entry gate when approaching from Saddletor car park at 3pm

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 4:19 pm by Emily Grove in General Birding

Morte Point

0710 - 1220. Cold wind but Spring finally arrived at Morte Point. 15 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 30+ mixed Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler on one patch of Gorse and many more spread around the Point. 7 Wheatear (3m/4f). 28 other species present

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 3:59 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Ply Estuary & Saltram.

A walk around Saltram & the estuary this morning produced the following.

Little Egret 14, Curlew 5, Redshank 45, Greenshank 6, Dunlin 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Snipe 3, Green Woodpecker 3, Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap 5, Wheatear 1 and a Willow Warbler.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 3:34 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

11.30

Great Grey Shrike showing well 300m north east of the barn. Redstart, Wheatear, Willow Warbler and Stonechat also in the vicinity. 

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 12:37 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Shaldon

Yellow Wagtail landed briefly on the golf course before flying north at 08:45.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 12:17 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R.Taw Barnstaple

The Bonaparte’s Gull was present this morning soon after high tide, mid-river between Anchorbank and Pottington, delicately picking bits from some river scum. Also whilst scanning a 1W Little Gull landed close in to Anchorbank.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 10:17 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

North Devon Osprey

07.30 Osprey at Horsey Island.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 7:50 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Sunday 7th April 2019

Anchor Wood to Penhill Marsh

The highlights this morning between Anchor Wood and Penhill Marsh were a pair of treecreepers resting on opposite sides of the same tree, a possible Bonaparte’s gull in the Taw by Penhill Marsh, and almost opposite were 7 cattle egrets in the field with the cows.

TreecreeperTreecreeperBonaparte's Gull
Treecreeper                                               Treecreeper                                    Bonaparte's Gull

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 8:35 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Wren

Only found out yesterday while taking a break from gardening that a male wren has built a nest against the shed in our garden.Was watching again today and another wren presumably a female was happily feeding in its presence.Great camouflage using dead ivy leaves amongst the new growth.Also my first for the year and only 2/3 willow warbler for the garden feeding oblivious to my presence.

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Great grey shrike

Emsworthy mire seen twice while doing the circular route last sited 200 metres north of barn very mobile

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 6:56 pm by Ben sullivan in General Birding

River Otter south of St Saviours Bridge, Ottery St Mary.

A morning walk down river produced amongst others 1 pr Goosander, 2 Gt S-Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker (heard), Little Egret, Willow Warbler (heard), several male Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and a Sparrow Hawk over.   The riverside fields have been planted with many hundreds of tree in the space of a few months which will make this a great area in years to come.

My first 2 Swallows for my village at Marsh Green were seen at around noon today.  Last year the first were sighted on 28 April.

Note: East Devon Fieldtrip programme recently circulated for April omitted to list the trip to Berry Head on Tuesday 9 April commencing at 10.am.  This is still due to take place (although the weather forecast is not good!). 

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - Nightingale seen briefly (not singing) in the Bristol Schools camp around 1230 this afternoon. Not seen subsequently despite searching. Also 2 Wheatear, 15+ Willow Warbler and a male Redstart (Gore Lane). Three House Martin north over Maer Farm earlier. Yesterday - singing Firecrest, Snipe and White Wagtail on Orcombe.

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

Garganey, wheatear, kestrel only birds of note on a brief visit today at 2pm. 

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

4 Teals, 2 Wigeons and 2 Snipes on the marsh. Singing Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Cirl Buntings present.

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 2:35 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Velator

6pm 0n 6th - One of a number of Willow Warblers seen on route to Scrapes

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 11:41 am by Ranald Fowler in General Birding

Two parakeets

Maer valley Exmouth 

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 8:14 am by David bartlett in General Birding

Saturday 6th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three new patch birds for the year - Ring Ouzel (female), Williow Warbler and Linnet (4). Also, 2 Swallows, a pair of Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 5 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs & a pair of Long-tailed Tits buliding a nest.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 11:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

She's Back! #2 - Paignton

Part 2 of my earlier post re female Goldcrest mistaking her reflection in my dining room window & brass plate of the back door handle for an intruder.

Apologies if I'm banging on about this but I'm as facinated with the bird's behaviour as she is with her own reflection. Plus it's providing some ace photo & video opportunities.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 10:00 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Berry head to Brixham

Walk from Berry Head to Brixham and back fairly quiet Greater Blackbacks, Gannets, Guillmots,a few Swallows lots of Goldfinch,some obliging Turnstones and a Chiffchaff singing were the highlights back home in Plymouth a possible Willow Wabler?

TurnstoneChiffChaffWillow Warbler?
Turnstone                                           ChiffChaff                            Willow Warbler?

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 9:37 pm by William Beck in General Birding

Matford - Starcross

Multiple stops this morning:

Matford ponds - two Green Sandpipers and several Sand Martins;

Exminster Marshes - a male Garganey, two Barnacle Geese, a Peregrine, two Sedge Warblers chuntering in the ditches near the fisherman's car park, and more Sand Martins;

Starcross, Powderham Park and the Kenn outfall - an Egyptian Goose, two late Pintail and eight Greenshank and two Sandwich Terns. No Brent Geese, Mergansers or G-c Grebes visible in the estuary, so it seems the seasonal turnover has advanced quickly; 

In the lanes "inland" from Starcross - the expected Cirl Bunting and R-l Partridge.

Throughout - a sprinkling of singing Willow Warblers, perhaps a week later than normal.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 9:20 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Ashridge Farm, Kennerleigh

Flock of 200+ Fieldfare flying east 07.30 this morning.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Richard Burston in General Birding

Around the Exe and beyond...........

Around the Exe this morning, Starcross by the National laboratory services eight Greenshank, four Little Egret, a solitary Curlew and several Redshank.

Over the Powderham deer herd numerous Sand Martin, nine Little Egret, the Powderham Heronry was well occupied and several Heron around the area.

Looking over the Exe from near the Powderham pedestrian overbridge, a displaying pair of Reed Bunting, two Sandwich Tern, six Oyster Catcher two of which were ringed (yellow ring over a dark blue ring on the right legs “2A” & “6M”) four Linnet, Little Egrets, Heron and one Great Crested Grebe.

Goosemoor eight Little Egret.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ singing Chiffchaff and Wren in the hedgerow, three Buzzard overhead, two Heron, Little Egret, three Greylag Geese, large numbers of Redshank with a few Dunlin and Knott mixed in, good numbers of Black Tailed Godwit, one Lapwing and a single Avocet that flew away from the marsh during the visit, a single Sand Martin and a Great White Egret being the highlight.

Exminster marshes two drake Garganey was unexpected bonus and hovering Kestrel on leaving.

DWT Heathfield a hunting Kestrel which took what appeared to be a Lizard of some kind and a vocal Chiffchaff.

Late afternoon a single Swallow at Cornwood.

Back home at South Brent two Tawny owls calling well outside (8.20pm). Yesterday two seen taking shelter in a holly tree during the afternoons heavy rain.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 8:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

She's Back! #1 - Paignton

This female Goldcrest has been trying to see off her own reflection at my house in Paignton. She comes around the middle of every day, either to the brass plate of the back door handle or at the dining room window. Today she came to both.

Pics below & Youtube vid link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95j8hl7R2ZI&t=24s

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 6:37 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Velator/Sherpa

Lots of Willow Warblers in the reserve the last three or four days. Looking South towards Sherpa, a female-type Marsh Harrier over the reed-bed, landed and a little while later was mobbed in flight by a pair of Crows. This was at about 10.a.m.

Walked around Sherpa early evening - a fine drake Garganey on the ponds - the same as last week, or another bird?

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 6:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Just below Turf

A single Sandwich Tern flying around, then went down river towards the Warren.


Posted April 6th, 2019 at 5:11 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Cold easterly wind making viewing the bay and ley from the line difficult. Offshore just 3 Sandwich Terns and 2 second calendar year Mediterranean Gulls, Highlights around the Ley included the 3 Ring-necked Ducks seaward side of the Lower Ley opposite the Cormorant roost. Also a male Goldeneye. At least 500 Sand Martins present in the morning with a few Swallows and a House Martin. Good arrival of singing Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler likewise singing back of Ireland Bay near the Quarry.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 5:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bee flies at Slapton

Several Bee flies at the quarry Slapton, one of my favourite spring time insects. It's a bumble bee mimic. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs. 

The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)
The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)

The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)
The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Dunsford woods

Male pied flycatcher close to notice about coppicing by track uphill to viewpoint. Also male blackcap

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 3:03 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Friday 5th April 2019

Darts Farm

The Great White Egret was still on show from the viewing platform at 16:00 more info http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 11:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 Water Pipit at the side of the smaller scrape late aft / early evening. Also 1 Little Grebe.



Posted April 5th, 2019 at 7:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Swallows (6) and Blackcap (singing male) here this year; also 4 Common Sandpipers (indicating some movement), 9 Snipe, redhead Goosander, 7 Greenshanks, Turnstone, 10 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Chiffchaffs, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch nest building. 

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skern

Wet and windy on the Skern mid afternoon. On the plus side not many dogs. Around 200 Golden Plover still present on the salt marsh but little else. A Little Ringed Plover by Greysands Lake was showing well until flushed by one of the few dogs there. Just before leaving a Merlin flew over the lake. 

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 5:32 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Great White Egret - Darts Farm , Topsham

A Great White Egret found by Bob Bailey on Exminster Marsh at 1040am promptly flew off, was seen briefly at Goosemoor and then was refound by Bob at Darts Farm at 1145am on the pools in front of the viewing shelter- still present mid afternoon. Also several Sand Martins and a Swallow

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 2:39 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Goosemoor

A Great White Egret popped into Goosemoor this morning, for more on my travels go to http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Ashford Sewage Works to Pottington

3 Knot foraging amongst 34 Black tailed Godwits & 5 Bar tailed Godwits.


Posted April 5th, 2019 at 12:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Thursday 4th April 2019

Teignmouth - New Road 13:00

Nice to add Red Kite to the garden list! All the gulls were calling.

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 10:32 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Slapton Ley

The 3 ring necked Ducks were at the south end of Slapton Ley at 7.30 this evening but no swallows or sand martins were flying in the hail !

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 10:20 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Steps Bridge Mid Devon Field Meet

A walk along the Teign near Dunsford produced some noteworthy birds including Green Woodpecker, pairs of Mandarins, Dippers and Grey Wagtails, as well as the more usual resident and summering woodland birds..   

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 8:08 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in General Birding

Slapton Ley.

Another fantastic Sand Martin day. Certainly more birds than on Tuesday,but difficult to get an accurate count. Possibly 450/500+. Whether al lot of them are those of the last  two days,that have halted their northward movement ,due to the drop in temperature;or are fresh birds in ,is impossible to tell. Whatever the answer they are a spectacular sight.

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 7:06 pm by Alan K. Searle. in General Birding

Yesterday 3rd April at Prawle and Slapton

Lots of singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps on arrival at Prawle. Walking from Bunkers to Horsley Cove I saw my first House Martin here and my first Wheatear. At Horsely Cove a party of 7 Shelduck.

At Slapton Ley from Stokeley Bay hide I also saw the 2 male and 1 female Ring-Necked Ducks in some ways eclipsed by the sight of hundreds of Sand Martins ,which at 1pm covered the whole of the Ley visible from the hide.

 

Wheatear

        

 

Blackcap                                                      Shelduck

     

 

Heavily cropped record shot of the 2 male and 1 female Ring-necked Ducks

 

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

River Culm Uffculme

5 sand martins and 3 swallow at the Culm midday

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 12:43 pm by geoff Campbell in General Birding

Chudleigh Redstart

A female Redstart was a surprise visitor to our garden in Chudleigh this morning. It didn't hang around for long though.

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 9:29 am by Nick Potter in General Birding

South Huish marsh, Slapton Wed,03/04

Little ringed plover at South Huish marsh, and lots of Chiffchaffs and Cetti's warblers singing at Slapton. Nice blackcap flitting about in the blossom.

BlackcapWrenLittle Ringed Plover
Blackcap                                              Wren                                            Little Ringed Plover

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 8:48 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Cirl Buntings

For the passed two months we have had a pair of Cirl Bunting feeding on Finch seed on the back lawn in South Knighton

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 8:45 am by Roger Yeoman in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Red kite

Seen lunchtime at Battisborough Cross , South Hams , Wednesday 3rd April 2019 .

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 11:15 pm by John Atwill in General Birding

Raptors on Stamps

The Royal Mail are issuing a set of new stamps on 4th April (Thursday) illustrating British Raptors. They look good and may be of interest to some members.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

South Hams

Slapton Ley again pretty lively today with c350 Sand Martins with single Swallow and House Martin, a fine summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe on the sea (around Memorial Car Park), 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes + female), drake Scaup, 1 or 2 drake Garganey (Ireland Bay), 8 Sandwich Terns & 2 Willow Warblers.

Earlier at Soar, just: Wheatear, 4 Blackcaps & 2 Bullfinches.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Whitleigh Garden

One Hobby and one Swallow over also 2 C Buzzards 11 Goldfinches.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 5:00 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Best was Red Kite over farm late morning with 2 Buzzards. Also 12 Chiffchaffs & 3 Blackcaps.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

Good to see the LRP again this morning from the reserve, which was heaving with Sand Martins and a few Swallows plus a bonus House Martin. Chiffchaffs all over the place, and several Willow Warblers.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley ~ Cetti’s Warbler calling and showing all around the Ley along with Chiffchaff, huge numbers of Sand Martins coming in off of the sea and over the Ley, simply swarms and not realistic to even try counting, two House Martin and a small flock of Swallows in with them and possibly my first Red Rumped Swallow, briefest of views but distantly pale and pink rumped.

Sand martins with House Martin top centre

Several pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebe, duck species included Tufted, Ring Necked (pair) drake Golden Eye and Gadwall.

Hovering Kestrel and off of the beach several Sandwich Terns.

 

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Heathfield Estate, Honiton

Two Red-legged Partridge on bungalow roof this morning. 

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Andy Rook in General Birding

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Little Ringed Plover still present on the scrape this morning.


Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 12:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

South Hams

I was hoping the break in the weather might produce a few more birds, but a morning at Start resulted in little more than 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a female Wheatear and a Coal Tit.

However Slapton Ley proved much more productive with 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes & a female) towards the Torcross end, 2 drake Garganey (which flew into Ireland bay), Black-necked Grebe (half way down the lower ley on the seaward side), 190+ Sand Martins (there could have been more or others might have arrived later as per Alan's post), 4 Swallows including 2 "in, off", a single House Martin and 29 Sandwich Terns (which seemed to be circling the bay and ley).

It felt like Spring! 

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish

I am a new member and this is my first ever post. I saw many of the birds listed in Dave Pakes report on an afternoon of blustery showers. I witnessed the solitary Avocet and Little Ringed Plover. A flock of Black Tailed Godwits and another of LBB and GBB gulls. 3 Swallows passed through. Pairs of Shellduck, Teal, Mallards, Stonechat and Canada Geese were in evidence. Carrion Crow, Heron, Little Egret and Coot were also seen.

Black tailed GodwitStonechatDistant Little Ringed Plover
Black tailed Godwit                                     Stonechat                      Distant Little Ringed Plover

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Pete Saunders in General Birding

Slapton Ley.

A large arrival of Sand Martins today.  300+ counted this evening from the Torcross car park, no doubt with a lot more over the rest of the Ley. A few Swallows among them.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Alan K. Searle in General Birding

nr South Brent

Flock of 20 Fieldfares and 3 or 4 Redwings came out of a hedgerow near the weirdly named Bloody Pool Cross on the Marley Head to Shipley Bridge road this afternoon.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

LRP at Wrafton

It was there early (about 10) when I arrived, and still out there when I went home at about 3p.m. Another early record - my recollection is they usually turn up in about mid-to-late April.

And in the reserve, loads of Sand Martins feeding over the pond, a few Swallows among them, several each of singing Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. A few more Blackcaps than yesterday. 2 calling Cetti's Warblers.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 5:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lincombe woods

Raven, flying and calling in the wood.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 5:24 pm by Michael Curran in General Birding

Avocet - South Huish Marsh

Star of a lunchtime visit to South Huish Marsh was a lone Avocet. first sighting at this location this year. Also present 1 Ruff, 33 Black-Tailed Godwit ( Only a couple showing signs of summer plumage), 1 Little Egret, 2 Water Pipit developing nice pink breast plumage, + a couple of linnet and other species.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Red-rumped Swallow today, while I was there apart from several Sand Martins there was at least 1 House Martin

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 3:51 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Red Rumped Swallow - Dawlish Warren

Lee Collins found a Red Rumped Swallow over the main pond at Dawlish Warren with 2 Sand Martins this morning / still showing on and off mid afternoon .

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 2:52 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Jon Turner phoned Sue Bruce am to say a Little Ringed Plover had shown up on the scrape so I cycled down to digiscope it.


Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 1st April 2019

South Huish marsh late afternoon

Several black-tailed godwits and a single ruff, 2 distant Little ringed plovers. Saw my first wheatears of the year with 3 of them near the carpark. A small flock of Linnets landing on the barbed wire fence and feeding on the grass

RuffBlack-tailed GodwitLinnet
Ruff                                                       Black-tailed Godwit                          Linnet

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 10:44 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Velator

After a few days away, a late afternoon visit to the reserve: lots of Sand Martins feeding over. An influx of Chiffchaffs, at least three  singing Willow Warblers, and 6 male Blackcaps seen.

Later still while looking at the scrape from the Tarka Trail, a small wader took one look at me and flew off towards Sherpa, slowly gaining height. Not Common Sandpiper, and almost certainly not Green Sandpiper... Will look again tomorrow.

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 9:43 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

Upper Lake.

4 Willow Tit, 1 Treecreeper.

Lower Lake,

3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Reed Bunting.

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Exeter - Matford

Had to go into town today - walked back from the City Basin to Matford and back along the canal. Single Redshank in the Basin (unusual) about 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Two Cattle Egret ( one by the Matford roundabout at the back of the farm with 14 Little Egret, the other in the fields by the path near the canal). Chiffchaff singing along the canal (dropped as soon as I got the camera on it DOH!) At least 4 Buzzards overhead. Nothing much on Matford Marshes or on the Northbrook.

RedshankLesser Black-backed GullOne of the two Cattle Egret
Redshank                                   Lesser Black-backed Gull               One of the two Cattle Egret

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 5:08 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 1345-1530

Black-tailed Godwit 31; Bar-tailed Godwit 1; Common Gull 2; Shelduck 16; Common Sandpiper 1. 3 Willow Warbler feeding on insects in the Blackthorn bushes hanging over Bradiford Water.

At 1355 while sat on the sea wall by Ashford Sewage Works picked up 2 very small gulls on the foreshore. Initially thought that the first may have been the Bonaparte`s Gull seen at Wrafton last week. After picking up the second and observing them for just over 1/2hr decided that both were late first winter Little Gulls. Both disappeared at about 1430 but one returned at 1505 and was still there at 1515 when I left.

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 4:04 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Lovely Little Lady at the Back Door - Paignton, 1.4.19

Following on from my post, 21.3.19, regarding a female Goldcrest apparently trying to feed around my windows; later she caught her own reflection in the glass and, like many birds, seemed to mistake it for an intruder and proceeded to attack it.

She is now doing the same with her reflection in the brass plate of the back door handle, raising her crest, posturing, then flying off in frustration.

Pics below and Youtube vid at this link:

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0XIi1PZVeQ&feature=youtu.be

She also left me her calling card (pics below).

 

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 3:59 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Berry Head

Sorry for this late posting from Saturday and Sunday morning , Brixham Breakwater.  Saturday morning on coast path from Berry Head to St Mary's Bay, Cettis Warbler calling and then seen. Brixham Breakwater 7 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone on old fuel jetty, many more Turnstone in Harbour area. 

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Adult Med Gulls Coombe Cellars Sunday 31st at 4pm

Two Adult Med Gulls flying over the Teign estuary at Coombe Cellars. The birds were vocal and showed full black hoods

Posted April 1st, 2019 at 10:13 am by Adam Davison in General Birding

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