Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st January 2020

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

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Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Fremington Pill

An early morning visit to the Pill at low tide was productive but not one Cattle Egret in the trees or on the Pill (8 seen during recent visit).

The Glossy Ibis & Spotted Redshank showing well foraging in the tidal channel. A Kingfisher flew onto a perch nearby & entertained us for at least 30 minutes. Walking onto Fremington Quay close views of a single Bar tailed Godwit & a Spoonbill foraging, preening & resting.


Posted January 21st at 6:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator/Toll Road

6 Gadwall flew off from the reserve to Wrafton Pond this morning. This afternoon making full use of the golden globe in the sky, I cycled down the Toll road and at about 3p.m saw a Little Owl on the barn near Cross Banks. Having not seen one at all last year! 33 Redshank on the DWT area. Heaps of Golden Plover  - 2000+? and a few hundred Lapwing in and over the fields. 1 Greenshank on the pill. As I cycled home, just past the Toll House, a Barn Owl flew right across the road in front of me! It was then half-heartedly mobbed by a Black-headed Gull and I lost sight of it near Marstage Farm.

Posted January 21st at 5:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Radford Lake 21-01-20

Female Kingfisher showing very well, the male was also seen with the female, also a few Goldcrests showing well

  

Posted January 21st at 3:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Monday 20th January 2020

Haldon Forest

7 Siskin, female Brambling on butterfly trial, 1 Crossbill over car park, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dartford Warbler in thick gorse, Sparrowhawk.

Posted January 20th at 10:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Haldon Forest

One female Brambling this morning, close to the pylon, from the cycle track. No sign of any Hawfinches though.

Posted January 20th at 8:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Noted while topping the feeders up,

15 Goosander 7m 8f, 4 Ring-necked Duck 3m 1f, 2 Grey Heron plus Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorants.

Posted January 20th at 8:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

This morning around the car parks: 22 Cirl Bunting 7 Yellowhammer (3 f & 4 m), 6 Reed Bunting in 2nd car park on the seed.

In the marsh behind the main beach: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest & 1 Goldcrest. 

Didn't check the sea today - a bit choppy this morning.

Posted January 20th at 6:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Flete Estate bird survey...

A good days birding carrying out a RSPB / Devon Birds joint survey on the Flete Estate, 48 species identified if I include a Kestrel that was seen just off of our survey area, but still on the estate.

Numerous Goldcrest, Robin, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, an abundance of Corvids, 200 plus Rook, a leucistic Jackdaw, Raven, Green Woodpecker, GSWP, Wren, Stock Dove, Bullfinch, Skylark, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Mistle and Song Thrush.

From the SW coast path ~ Stonechat in good numbers, Oyster Catcher, good numbers of Great Black Back Gull, a Little Egret, Shag, Cormorant and numerous Herring Gull.

Highlights included, Firecrest (2), Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Red Legged Partridge.

Posted January 20th at 5:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

A Blackcap was singing in my garden at lunchtime today.

Posted January 20th at 4:25 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Mansands

Blue winged teal still present this morning showing well at 10.30

Posted January 20th at 4:04 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Instow

On the rocky end of Instow Beach were a good number of Oyster catchers, Wigeon, a few Curlew a Plover and loads of other waders.

Oyster catchersin flightA single Plover (Grey Plover?)
Oystercatchers in flight                     A single Grey Plover

Posted January 20th at 9:21 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 19th January 2020

South Milton Ley

After the reed-cutting, a Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaffs & a Water Rail by the sewage works. Also a Red-throated Diver over the sea at South Huish.

Posted January 19th at 10:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harland Quay & Stoke

Hartland Quay : 1 Red-throated Diver

Stoke: 1 male Black Redstart, 2 Grey Wagtail , 2 Chiffchaff , 1 Firecest in churchyard and surrounding gardens 

Posted January 19th at 10:01 pm by Bob Bosisto Liberty Payne in Bird News

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet mear vally making way over douglas avenue 4pm

Posted January 19th at 7:47 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Hope's Nose

14.40

A mobile Firecrest showing well around the top part of the site.

Posted January 19th at 5:53 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

Firecrest again present by the grammar schools path at lunchtime, in the bramble thicket behind the Hawkins Avenue shops. Also along the path, goldcrest, wren, great, blue, long tailed and coal tits, song thrush, blackbird.

Posted January 19th at 4:47 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

5 barrows near Challacombe again.

Better weather this weekend,  saw small flocks of golden plover, starlings, numerous buzzards, stonechat, fieldfare and kestral.  No sign of the seo's but did come across a small flock of reed bunting. 

Male reed buntingFemale reed buntingBuzzard
Male reed bunting                 Female reed bunting                      Buzzard

Posted January 19th at 4:36 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Broadsands

1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe and a cracking Firecrest.

Posted January 19th at 4:34 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Exe Powderham to Turf

WeBS count today a little different - 121 avocets well south of their usual haunts; flock near Powderham Church. About 65 pintail - fewer than last year but accompanied by a male goosander was a surprise. Single ruff on the new scrapes on the RSPB reserve seen on the way home. Heard chiffchaff in Station Lane.

Posted January 19th at 4:08 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

South Dartmoor

Dean Prior ~ Large mixed flock of Starling and Fieldfare, on hillside opposite the old race course.

Dartmoor from above Ashburton to Princetown, Challacombe to Widdicombe very little bird life to be seen on the higher moorland even Corvids were thin on the ground.

Prince Hall a Brambling with a flock of Chaffinch.

Between Bellever and the Warren House Inn a large mixed flock of Redwing, Starling and Fieldfare.

Challacombe ~ a sheep carcass attracting six Raven and two Buzzard.

Posted January 19th at 4:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brixham 19-01-20

Plenty of Turnstones, no signs of the Divers, but a lone Guillemot on the seaward side of the breakwater.



Posted January 19th at 3:40 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

seal

Seal feeding on a flounder, seen from the tarka trail about 1/2 mile above new bridge. 

seal
seal

seal
seal

Posted January 19th at 10:02 am by Richard Yeats in Other Wildlife

Taw River

Yesterday afternoon (18 January) while walking back to Barnstaple from Wrafton pond, I photographed a number of birds that included: a Song Thrush, a Robin, a couple of Curlew, some Redshank, a Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank.  There were also a good number of Canada geese, a few Lapwings and some ducks of various makes and models. 

Lapwing
Lapwing

Curlew
Curlew

Robin
Robin

Posted January 19th at 1:26 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Taw River

Yesterday afternoon (18 January) while walking back to Barnstaple from Wrafton pond, I photographed a number of birds that included: a Song Thrush, a Robin, a couple of Curlew, some Redshank, a Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank.  There were also a good number of Canada geese, a few Lapwings and some ducks of various makes and models. 

Redshank Spotted Redshank
                                        Redshank                              Spotted Redshank -  Eds This is a 'Common' Redshank

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted January 19th at 1:22 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 18th January 2020

Wrafton Pond

There is a Snipe in this photo, can you see it? There is a close-up of the snipe is another photo.

Can you spot the Snipe?
Can you spot the Snipe?

Here is a close-up of the Snipe
Here is a close-up of the Snipe

Snipe and Moorhen
Snipe and Moorhen

Posted January 18th at 9:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Spotted redshank - finally

Having been to Fremington Pill many times lately, and been disappointed, we finally get a proper look at the spotted redshank! We were also lucky enough to get it posing alongside a common redshank. 

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Spotted and common redshanks
Spotted and common redshanks

Posted January 18th at 9:04 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Clovelly

Clovelly: 6 Marsh Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail , 2 Black Redstart ( feeding around visitor centre ) , 1 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted January 18th at 8:23 pm by Bob Bosisto and Liberty Payne in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A glorious day to visit Slapton Ley, as I arrived two Stock Doves overhead and onto the Ley which was not as busy with bird life as had hoped for, virtually nothing to be seen on the sea from the Memorial car park, just two Shag and the odd gull.

On a hillside above the Ley, 33 Great Black Backed Gull in with a flock of Canada Geese.

Small birds included several Stonechat and an obliging Cetti’s Warbler that showed well at times.

On the ley ten plus Great Crested Grebe, one Little Grebe and one possibly two Black Necked Grebe.

At least five drake Pochard and two females, same count with the Golden Eye definitely two females and not less than five drakes.

Frogmore creek two Pied Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper.

Back home at South Brent several visits to the feeders from the male Sparrow of questionable origin.

Posted January 18th at 8:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mansands

Blue-winged Teal showing well for around an hour this morning, feeding and preening before disappearing into the reeds. Also 2 pairs of Gadwall, 3 m + 2f Tufted Duck, Teal and Mallard present, female type Black Redstart and Chiffchaff around the Coastguard Cottages and 3 Great Crested Grebe offshore with a pod of c.10 Common Dolphin.

Posted January 18th at 6:44 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

Second farmland bird count of the year turned up a record 1340 Skylark plus 93 Yellowhammer, 41 Cirl Bunting, 11 Meadow Pipit, 23 Magpie & 100 Linnet.

Posted January 18th at 6:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Baggy

At last, a lovely warm gentle sunny morning for a walk out to Baggy.

Between the gate by the pond & Baggy Point was a single Black Redstart on a warm south facing cliff face. (Distant record shot heavily cropped)  It did not stay iong in one place but we enjoyed it for 30 seconds or so but did not see it again.

On arriving at Baggy Point we could not find any Common Scoters but after approx 30 minutes a flock flew past heading south towards Hartland Point.

As last visit, a single Red throated Diver was present.

5 Med Gulls with the BH Gulls in Croyde Bay.



Posted January 18th at 6:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

fremington pill, isley marsh , lower tamar lake & roadford res.

we started the day at Fremington 9.30, in the first 5 mins we saw 8 cattle egrets flying out from the trees after roosting top end of the pil, then a glossy ibis came out from the same tree, 100 yards further up the road a spotted red shank was feeding in front of us,  after this we went to Isley Marsh , here we were lucky to see three spoonbills, a dog walker came along and walked down onto the shoreline and the dog was running everywhere, which put up all the birds, we spoked to the prerson about it , but it was a waste of time, " my dog is not out of control" was the answer, we left and went to Lower Tamar Lake,  here we saw  4 ringed neck ducks, willow tits, marsh tits and 11 goosesanders 2 great creasted grebe,  after this we went to roadford reservoir,  at the viaduct end , there were 100 plus canada geese, in with them there were 3 golden eye,  2 barnacle geese and a single pinkfoot goose. you could say " a good days birding!"

Posted January 18th at 5:59 pm by roger jewell& mike gibson in Bird News

Wembury Point

A stunning morning walk along the coast between Heybrook Bay and the Langdon Beach outflow pipe. Highlights were 10+ Cirl Bunting (5 singing), 20+ Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret. 

On Langdon Beach, 30+ Meadow/Rock Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail. 

Highlight of the morning though was a Black Redstart on the mud bank around the outflow pipe. 

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Male Cirl Bunting
Male Cirl Bunting

Posted January 18th at 3:58 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Plymouth Breakwater

Breakwater this morning:

26+ Purple Sandpiper

13 Knot

approx 120 Dunlin

plus one Porpoise nearby

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Knot and Dunlin
Knot and Dunlin

Knot
Knot

Posted January 18th at 3:52 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay, 15.00

Firecrest by the grammar schools public footpath, feeding in the bramble thicket behind the HawkinsAvenue shops.

Posted January 18th at 3:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

River Caen

A busy Grey Wagtail by the river bank this morning.  


Posted January 18th at 11:56 am by Karen Serle in Bird News

Broadsands 0830-1030

Enjoyable couple of hours looking out from the headland between Broadsands and Elberry. Black-necked Grebe at the latter end; at least 10 GND still in the bay although most further out than in recent days; 2 Red-throated divers were towards Torquay and the Black-throated Diver put in a leisurely appearance initially quite close in but slowly drifting out. At least one Pomarine Skua still around harassing the few Kittiwakes at 0900.

Posted January 18th at 11:24 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Friday 17th January 2020

Cattle Egret at Freminton Pill roost

We were surprised to see that the 8 egret which flew into the roost as we walked towards the Quay today were all Cattle Egret. 

Eight Cattle Egret
Eight Cattle Egret

Posted January 17th at 9:18 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In lovely sunshine between showers: 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 8 Goosanders (2 drakes), 14 Mandarin Ducks (7 pairs), 12 Wigeon (7 drakes), 3 Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatchers, 50 Curlews, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Shags, Mediterranean Gull (ad), 7 Stock Doves & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted January 17th at 6:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay & South Brent

A good mornings birding over at Torbay :~
 
On the outskirts of Paignton, three soaring and displaying Buzzards.
 
Broadsands car parks ~ Good numbers of Cirl Bunting, single male Yellow Hammer, at least thirty House Sparrow, female Bullfinch, Goldcrest, two Greenfinch, several Dunnock, good numbers of Goldfinch and Chaffinch.
 
Overhead Buzzard and two Raven.
 
 
Off of the sea wall the bay appeared to be alive with birds, an adult Mediterranean Gull in with the flock of Black Headed Gulls, between Broadsands and Elberry Cove there must have been at least twenty Great Northern Diver in view across the bay, small numbers of Guillemot, Five Common Gull, GBBG, Gannets and pod of five Common Dolphin near the Brixham oyster beds.
 
 
Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton ~ Black Necked Grebe at the end of a raft of fifteen Shag, Red Throated Diver, four Great Crested Grebe, nineteen Oyster Catcher, Gannet, Guillemot and Razorbill.
 
Off of Paignton the reported Black Throated Diver between the pier and the harbour.
 
Back home at South Brent a Tawny owl tucked up in its Holly tree roost and several visits from the male Sparrow of questionable origin.
 

Posted January 17th at 4:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted redshank feeding at the pill (2pm). Red kite over the link road at Barnstaple.



Posted January 17th at 4:32 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

Tiverton to South Molton.

On the old Tiverton South Molton road just north of Rackenford 2m and 2f Brambling among a flock of c60 Chaffinches. Feeding on a wide grassy verge under beech trees close to a large white building.

Posted January 17th at 3:54 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Woodleigh Wood & South Milton Ley

Woodleigh Wood: Dipper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 2 Jay.

South Milton Ley: 3 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler.

Posted January 17th at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Some reward for keeping the pond clear today - I was treated to a Kingfisher successfully fishing in the pond.

Looking south towards Sherpa Marsh, a bird of prey perched on one of the embankments looked interesting, and when it flew was revealed as a male Marsh Harrier.

Posted January 17th at 1:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 16th January 2020

South Milton Reserve - Reed Cut on 19 January Going Ahead

The South Milton sandbank breached earlier today and by this afternoon the lake covering the Reserve had disappeared.  The reed bed is a rather soggy but the reed cut planned for Sunday will go ahead - please check the Devon Birds Society news for detailed arrangements.

Posted January 16th at 7:26 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Lake Goosander check.

16 Goosander 5m 11f (07:30)

Upper Lake

4 Ring-necked Duck 3m 1f.

Rod Mudge, P Buckley, N Hewitt

Posted January 16th at 6:30 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands - pm

 3-435pm After the worst of the rain had passed- 18 G N Divers and 1 BN Grebe(Elberry Cove) but the best were 2 pale phase Pom Skuas out in Torbay 415-420pm chasing Kittiwakes

Posted January 16th at 5:13 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

A Black-throated Diver with a couple of Great Northern Divers off Elberry Headland video clip here:  morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=JSKICO57548&feature=emb_logo 

At least 15 more Great Northern Divers but conditions were far from ideal for a good check. 1 Black-necked Grebe in Broadsands Bay.

Posted January 16th at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Plym Estuary and Cattewater

Today's bike ride around the River Plym in much calmer weather than yesterday gave a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull off Blaxton Meadow, a Great Northern Diver off the rowing club with another off Queen Anne's Battery, a winter pl. Guillemot at Mayflower Steps and a second at Mountbatten breakwater.

Posted January 15th at 11:39 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

 A coupler of hours at the pond produced some photos of female Shoveler, m & f Gadwall, Little Grebe, an unidentified duck and female Goldeneye.

Unidentified duck (Gadwall possible contender)
Unidentified duck (Gadwall possible contender)

Male Gadwall
Male Gadwall

Female Shoveler
Female Shoveler

Posted January 15th at 10:18 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Teignmouth

Pair of Siskins with Goldfinchs on feeders yesterday and again today...Actually heard the Male singing and the pair are very bold coming to within 6ft as I refilled the feeders...

Posted January 15th at 7:16 pm by Neil Graham in Bird News

Around the Exe

Bowling Green Marsh: Long-billed Dowitcher showing well; 4 Greenshank; 70 Avocet.

Exminster Marshes: 500+ Golden Plover, 200 Avocet, 200+ Lapwing, 70 Bar-tailed Godwit, Snow Goose, 3 Barnacle Goose, 360+ Brent Goose.

Cockwood: Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Greenshank.

Dawlish Warren: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, several Great Crested Grebe.

Posted January 15th at 5:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Stover CP and South Brent

A walk around Stover Country park this morning, good numbers of Tufted duck, Coot and Black Headed Gull, two female Pochard, three Mandarin duck (2M & 1F) and a Little Grebe.

Around the feeder at the viewing platform predominantly Great Tits, with a few Coal and Blue Tits, two Nuthatch, Robin and Chaffinch.

A Marsh Tit by the bridge at the top of the lake.

On the way home a large flock of "Thrushes" seen dropping into a field near Dean Prior, I suspect Redwings.

Back home at South Brent a Buzzard soaring on the strong winds being mobbed by a Herring Gull, around the feeders, female Bullfinch, Pied Wagtail, Long Tailed Tit, The Sparrow Sp of undetermined origin, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Dunnock and numerous Goldfinch.

Posted January 15th at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brisworthy Plantation (near Cadover)

At least 4 Brambling (2m, 2f) in finch flock of about 150 near top right edge of Brisworthy plantation as viewed from small car park at 3.30pm

Posted January 15th at 4:33 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Broadsands

Watching from the headland this morning from 0830 -0930 produced: 53 Great Northern Divers (including a single raft of 21), 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Ad w Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult pale phase Pomarine Skua plus good numbers of Gannet, Kittiwakes, Shags, Guillemts (approx 30+) and Razorbills and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

In the marsh between the car parks 2 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrest. plenty of Cirl Buntings and a male Yellowhammer on seed in the 2nd car park and the roosting Tawny Owl back in its favourite tree near the pitch and put hut (almost impossible to find unless you know the Ivy covered branch it is sat on!)

Posted January 15th at 4:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In much improved conditions, this morning: Great Northern Diver, 6 Goosanders (3 pairs), 12 Mandarin Ducks (7 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (f), 12 Wigeon (7 drakes), 14 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 267 Dunlins, 143 Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 10 Oystercatchers, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 3 Grey Wagtails, 4 Stock Doves, a pair of Stonechats & 10 Roe deer. 

Posted January 15th at 3:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Firecrest - Bovey Tracey

One male rooting around the flower pots/buddleia stems in my urban back garden at 08.50 Good start to the day! 

Posted January 15th at 9:13 am by John Walton in Bird News

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