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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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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

Monday 30th September 2019

Exeter - Cockwood

A multi-stop outing this morning produced:

1. In Belle Isle Park a Ring-necked Parakeet;

2. At Matford ponds singles of Green Sandpiper and Snipe, three Stock Doves and good numbers of newly-returned Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler, encouraged no doubt by the rising water level;

3.  At Exminster Marshes/Turf a Sparrowhawk, a Wheatear, six Swallows, twenty newly-arrived Golden Plovers, and in the ditches, several Water Rails squealing and Cetti's Warblers singing, plus a few Song Thrushes which I assume are migrants;

4.  In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, two Black Swans, three Sandwich Terns, and the usual 250+ Turnstones on the Starcross breakwater. 

In total, 70+ species on a Summer/Winter transition day.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch between 07.00 and 14.00 hours. Calmer conditions than expected produced 51 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 10 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern and I Med. Gull. Perhaps the best birds were 5 Goosander heading south at 08.50 ! Largest flock of Kittiwake noted totalled 220. Noticeable steady flow of incoming Meadow Pipits between 09.45 up to 13.00 when the rain started.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

bowling green marsh

08.30 this morning the long billed dowitcher was showing well, as the morning went on, it went in with the godwits and redshanks making it harder to see, also there was a curlew sandpiper showing on the point.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 3:33 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Sunday 29th September 2019

Woodbury Common

Quiet on the common this afternoon apart from numerous Wheatear on the paths. At least a dozen on the major path going downhill from the car park.

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 11:06 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in General Birding

Summer migrants flying south

A good number of Swallows and House Martins we’re flying along the coast near Teignmouth today and I returned home to find a Female Redstart flitting from bush to bush in the back garden! Keep an eye out for this one if you live in the Teignmouth area!

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 7:11 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Wheatear

Whatched a couple of Wheatear this afternoon on the rocks in front of the pitch and putt between Elberry and Broadsands. took pictures, when got home saw that one of them had something nasty sticking out of its chest. what does others think this is, it looks like some type of broken line.

Wheatear with line in chest
Wheatear with line in chest

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Berryhead Seawatch

Berryhead 7am-13.30

Sabines Gull juvenile south at 11.18   Pom skua , Arctic skua 49, Bonxie 23 , Storm Petrel 2, Balearic shearwater 21, Manx 3, Com Scoter 6, Sandwich Tern 29

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Dave Dawe in General Birding

BGM ~ Topsham ~ Long-billed Dowitcher & Curlew Sandpiper

The Long-billed Dowitcher and a Curlew Sandpiper showing well at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh this morning.

Good numbers of Curlew, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, 46 Greenshank, small number of Bar Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Heron, a short passage of Swallows.

 

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 10:14 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Saturday 28th September 2019

Exmouth sparrowhawk

One-eyed sparrowhawk caught a house sparrow at mid-day in my tiny, walled back yard in centre of Exmouth. Late report for 26h Sept.

Posted September 28th, 2019 at 6:26 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

central park plymouth

100+ ringneck parakeet 730 am near barn park entrance 

Posted September 28th, 2019 at 9:43 am by barry insull in General Birding

Friday 27th September 2019

Prawle

Sea watch from 8.15 to 11.15 am produced c175 Balearic Shearwaters, c30 Manx Shearwaters and one Sooty Shearwater, all west. Not much else. Pat Mayer reports an additional 85 Balearic in the hour before I arrived - in all, approaching a record day count for Prawle.

Posted September 27th, 2019 at 2:52 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Topsham

The Long-billed Dowitcher was off the Goatwalk this morning at around 10.30, in with the Godwit & Redshank feeding flock. Earlier from the viewing platform was the Curlew Sandpiper. 1 Common Sandpiper at BGM. 

Posted September 27th, 2019 at 1:43 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 26th September 2019

Bowling Green Marsh - Thursday 26th

In front of a packed hide, the Long-billed Dowitcher understandably stole the show, but also worthy of mention were an eclipse Garganey, a Ruff and a Curlew Sandpiper amidst the huge Black-tailed Godwit/Redshank flocks. Pintails now number 100+ and on the Exe a single Avocet.

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 11:47 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Start point, Beesands and Slapton

mid am at Start Point, hundreds of Meadow Pipits, a couple of Wheatears, over 100 Swallows and a Peregine plus during a short sea watch, hundreds of Gannets fishing offshore, 1 Bonxie, about 15 Balearic and a few Manx Shearwaters and one Sandwich Tern. At Beesands, late am, 55 Gadwall, c10 Sand Martins and another two Wheatears and at Slapton, early pm, a juv Hobby taking dragonflies in front of the Torcross hide, a few Common Terns offshore and a dark ad Arctic Skua close in off the memorial carpark harassing Kittiwakes. Finally, another Hobby low over the road a little inland of Strete.

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 8:41 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Skern

After sneaking off to Davidstowe for the White-rumped Sandpiper, Andy Lansdell and I stopped off at the Skern as the tide came in. Glad we did:

c150 Oystercatchers. c30 Curlew, around 400 Ringed Plover, maybe 100 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, a Sanderling, 3 Knot (one with a  damaged wing), 13 Pintail, 100+ Linnet, 6 Skylark, 3 Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Merlin and a Female Sparrowhawk, and best of all a Black Tern.

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Arctic Skua off Dawlish Warren

Had some good views of an adult Arctic Skua pursuing a Black-headed Gull until it dropped its fish at 4pm today off Groyne 19 on Dawlish Warren. Also saw a flock of 6 Sandwich Tern and 22 Sanderlings, trying not to get their feet wet!

Arctic Skua searching for a victim
Arctic Skua searching for a victim

Arctic Skua chasing a Black-headed Gull with fish
Arctic Skua chasing a Black-headed Gull with fish

Sanderling flock at high tide
Sanderling flock at high tide

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Fremington Pill

A late morning walk along Fremington Pill on a low tide showed the glossy ibis is still present. Also loads of redshank and black-headed gulls, a dozen dunlin, 8 teal, several curlew, 2 little egrets, and 2 buzzards flew over.

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 2:05 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Velator

3 Swallows over late morning. The river is full of run-off from the recently ploughed fields so not much chance of Kingfisher or Dipper at present, but a Grey Wagtail was there when I left. Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel all close by or over the reserve.

Posted September 25th, 2019 at 7:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Slapton Sands

Good number of c 500 Great Black-backed Gulls around Slapton Sands yesterday. Managed to read a ring on one and it was ringed as a pulli at Plougoulm, Finistere in May 2014. Earlier this month it was on Alderney, Channel Islands. As there was another present with a similar type of ring I guess a lot of the gulls had arrived from the same area.

Posted September 24th, 2019 at 5:49 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Monday 23rd September 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of waders over the high tide. Highlights were 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Avocet.

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 8:49 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Velator

A lone Swallow briefly over the reserve this morning, before I chickened out in front of the arriving rain.

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 3:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Had a walk down the line before the rain set in. Lots of Kittiwakes off Torcross attracting the attention of 2 Arctic and 2 Great Skuas. Shedloads of Gannets in the distance feeding on the Skerries. Otherwise fairly quiet. A few Chiffchaffs noticeable around Slapton Bridge, elsewhere Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin and a Wheatear.

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 10:59 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Slapton Sands

Afternoon visit in the hope that overnight rain might have dropped-in some migrants but very quiet with most passerine migrants cleared out, just a single Blackcap! The sea more productive: 1 juv Little Gull off the monument, 3 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Skua going south.

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 4:29 pm by David Cope in General Birding

FPC 22-09-19

The only bird of interest showing was a couple of Ring-neck Parakeets 1 blue and 1 green, Great spotted woodpecker heard but not seen



Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 12:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Blaxton Meadow, Plymouth

In amongst the Curlew this morning was a immature Common Tern. 

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 11:52 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary Sat 21st Sept

Two Bar-tailed Godwits with 33 Curlews on Blaxton Meadow, which also hosted 5 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Teal; the latter being my 100th species on this patch this year. Also on the narrow river, Dipper & GreyWagtail & 3 Ringed Plovers at Blagdon's Meadow. 

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 10:36 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

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