Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st November 2020

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

Friday 20th November 2020

Black redstart

My wife has seen a male black redstart in a garden in Montpellier road Exmouth twice in the last couple of days.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 9:28 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Slapton

Looking out to sea at Slapton, a few divers both red-throated and great northern, 2 Red-breasted mergansers, a flock of about 14 common scoter and a curlew flew out to sea.

Red-throated Diver
Red-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 7:33 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Soussons Plantation, Dartmoor, 19th November

Whilst looking for the Great Grey Shrike, I was delighted to come across a male Snow Bunting.  

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 6:53 pm by Snow Bunting in Bird News

Littleham (Bideford)

1st winter male black redstart, today and yesterday



Posted November 20th, 2020 at 5:44 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy

Visibility was surprisingly good at Fernworthy Plantation despite this afternoon's persistent mizzle.  We found yesterday's Great Grey Shrike perched on the barbed wire fence at the northernmost point of the forest perimeter, now clear-felled.  We found it again on the NE side of the clear-fell as us and the bird completed our circuits in opposite directions.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 5:29 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

First singing Song Thrush in the garden today - lockdown spring just around the corner! Singing Chiffchaff here yesterday.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back to the rain today, but a few nice sightings nevertheless: Woodcock, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 27+ Turnstones, 50+ Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, 18 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Shags, c70 Fieldfares, c45 Redwings, 4+ Siskins, Treecreeper, Stonechat, 4 Stock Doves & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 3:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goodrington & Clennon Lakes

Goodrington: 1 fw drake Scaup with Tufted Ducks on the boating lakes, also Kingfisher and 1 Chiffchaff around the back of the lakes. 2 ad winter Mediterranean Gulls on the beach with Black-headed Gulls and 2 Great Northern Divers looking toward Broadsands.

Clennon Lakes: The Yellow-browed Warbler (full tailed) was up near the top 4th feeder lake today and 1 Chiffchaff.

 

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sidmouth yesterday

Rock Pipit


Posted November 20th, 2020 at 9:26 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Thursday 19th November 2020

Soussons

Today over Soussons Down:Jays 2, Magpies 2, Fieldfares 60+, Redwing 6, Blackbirds 6, Song Thrush 1, G.S.Woodpeckers 2, Treecreeper 1, Great tit 2, Coal tits 3, Kestrels 3, Buzzard1, Ravens 3, Crows6, Woodpigeons 50+, Stonechats 2, Snipe 3, Robins 3, Dunnocks 2, Goldcrests 5, Starlings 20+

Goldcrest
Goldcrest
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 11:17 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Blackmoor Gate and Fremington Pill

Saw this Buzzard and one other sitting on adjacent post near Blackmoor Gate. Moved on to Fremington Pill late afternoon and got this photo of three Glossy Ibis feeding together. 1 Spotted Redshank feeding close by.

Buzzard
Buzzard
Three Glossy Ibis
Three Glossy Ibis

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 8:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wembury Beach , Devon

2 flocks of Wood Pigeon taken mid morning.  The 1st coming in from the sea and the 2nd moving east to west.



Posted November 19th, 2020 at 7:48 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Downend & Horsey

Early am - Only 1 Common Scoter at Downend & none at Baggy Point.

Late aft - Gold is my favourite colour on Horsey at the moment!



Posted November 19th, 2020 at 6:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Whooper swan (1cy), also 2 adult Mutes with 3 cygnets, 4 little grebe on Saltpill with high water levels. Pair of kestrels.

Back at Fremington Pill 4 glossy ibis, spotted and common redshank, kingfisher and just before leaving a very vocal little owl.

Whooper Swan (1cy)
Whooper Swan (1cy)

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 6:23 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Wood pigeon migration

The first clear day since I don't know when and the Wood pigeons were on the move over the South Brent area from just before sunrise, not huge numbers but flocks from 20 to 100 birds.

A high flying tiercel Peregrine passed overhead around the same time.

Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

A feeding Great Northern Diver was showing extremely well in the outer harbour this afternoon.

Great Northern Diver with a fish.
Great Northern Diver with a fish.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 4:41 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Instow

2 Spoonbills east side of Torridge estuary opposite Appledore shipyard, midday.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 3:59 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

194/11/20 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

First Winter Black Redstart (m) is back in again near the Chapels and along the back wall. Also present the usual corvids, blackbirds, nuthatch, coal tit, blue tits, great tits and gulls. Nice Red Admiral also present

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Nice to be able to do a circuit in sunshine this morning. At least 60 Fieldfares heading north, a Dipper singing, & a male Kingfisher showing well (both at Longbridge), Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 16 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebes, 6+ Siskins & 2 Redwings.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

N Hallsands.

 A Yellow Browed Warbler ,which at one point perched briefly on the top string of a mist net , just to add insult to injury.. Also on site a Siberian Chiffchaff ( unringed ,so a different birdt to the one ringed on the 17 th.) ,8 nominate Chiffchaffs , 1 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrests. Overhead  2 Redwings ,7 Fiieldfares and several flocks of Woodpigeons ( not counted )

Collybita Chiffchaff
Collybita Chiffchaff
1st. Yr. f. Firecrest
1st. Yr. f. Firecrest

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Chudleigh Black Redstart

I thought a Greenfinch on my garden feeder was good going this morning, then this fw male Black Redstart popped up on a neighbour's roof!

First winter male Black Redstart
First winter male Black Redstart

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 10:19 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Horsey

Flock of shimmering Golden Plover sheltering from strong westerly winds during a brief burst of sunshine this aft.


Posted November 18th, 2020 at 5:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A couple of male Blackcaps arguing and feasting on the berries of the Callicarpus in the garden.today. Also a male Siskin on the sunflower feeders.

Male Blackcap
Male Blackcap

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 5:07 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Woodcock ~ South Brent

A Woodcock flushed this afternoon while walking the dogs at home, first one seen this year.

Plenty of low flying Wood pigeons dropping out of the fog and overcast skies this morning, still plenty of "thrush" movement mostly Redwings but a small flock of Fieldfare as well.

A male Siskin on the garden feeders feeding on niger seeds.

Siskin
Siskin
Siskin
Siskin

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 4:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Paignton

Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Firecrests & 10+ Goldcrests this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Meadfoot Sea Road shelter

Red Throated Diver flying then landed on the sea. Gannets flying and diving for food. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:30 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Around Blaxton Meadow & the upper estuary, on this afternoon’s rising tide: Goosander (redhead), 15 Wigeon, 152 Redshanks, 54 Curlews 2 Little Grebes & a Kestrel. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 8:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

Yesterday a walk through a private mature deciduous woodland on the edge of Dartmoor above South Brent gave several flocks of Wood pigeon, Mistle Thrush and Redwing.

Two Jay, a GSWP, Heron, Raven and a mixed flock of mainly Blue Tits with at least four Goldcrest and a Roe deer.

 At home today notable increase of birds using the garden feed station, 24 plus House Sparrow, 12 Greenfinch, two sightings of a 40 plus flock of Goldfinch with double figures around the feeders, Chaffinch numbers continue to grow, Blue Tit numbers showing a marked increase to the point it was difficult to count them. Several flocks of Redwing.

BTO ringed Goldfinch and Blue tit seen on the feeders.

This afternoon several flocks of 40 / 50 Wood pigeon over and shortly afterwards a soaring female Peregrine, Grey wagtail on the house roof.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
BTO ringed Goldfinch ~  Greenfinch
BTO ringed Goldfinch ~ Greenfinch

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 4:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R Plym at Marsh Mills

On the R. Plym at low water, around 2:00pm, two Dippers were foraging on the shingle opposite the mouth of the Tory Brook.  Viewable from Plymouth Rd bridge.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 3:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mergansers at Combe Cellars

Flock of 14 red-breasted merganser at Coombe Cellars, Mid-Teign Estuary lunchtime

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 3:22 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Velator reserve

Kingfisher flew up river as I arrived. Little Egret out by the scrape. At least 4 Water Rails calling, one Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, GSW, a Tawny Owl woke from it's slumbers and emitted a few subdued toots. I was also treated to a flyover by 6 Swans: the wing noise as always quite fabulous.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 2:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

N . Hallsands.

A Siberian Chiffchaff ( intergrade plumage type ) , Also on site 6 Goldcrests and 2 nominate Chiffchaffs.

Siberian Chiffchaff.
Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 11:03 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Guillemot

A late Swallow flew W over the 2nd car park. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 16th November 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good number of birds on Blaxton Meadow this evening on the rising tide, including: 61 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers, 49 Dunlins, 121 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, 15 Wigeon & a Kingfisher. Nearby, Green Woodpecker & Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 9:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Late afternoon.....Two Snow Bunting feeding on high tide debris between 8th green and makeshift sea wall at the mouth of the estuary.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 5:40 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Ashford 16/11/2020

A late swallow flying around when I got to work this morning at Ashford, also a flock of about 40 redwing.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront 14:30

A Great Northern Diver off the pier. Usual gulls. Lots of European Shags off the Ness and a Cormorant. Also two more Great Northern Divers off the Ness, including one in full summer plumage!

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 3:09 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Velator

Of late: still several Water Rails squealing, A very vocal Chiffchaff yesterday, along with a fly-through Sparrowhawk. Today a flock of over 70 Goldfinch tinkling in the treetops. And the first Primrose!

Early Primrose
Early Primrose

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike Soussons Valley 16th Nov 2020

Great Grey Shrike around Vitifer tin mine ruins beside the Redwater Brook.

Around the slope as you walk in from the Warren House Inn
Around the slope as you walk in from the Warren House Inn
Soussons Down across from the Golden Dagger Mine ruins
Soussons Down across from the Golden Dagger Mine ruins

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:44 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Yellow-browed warbler still at Clennon

At around 13:30 today a yellow-browed warbler (full tail) was seen at Clennon valley in company with blue tits, goldcrests and chiff-chaffs.  Seen from path near second pond.  

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:18 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Wrafton pond

While collating some of my photos I came across this photo of a small gull that I had forgotten about.  It attracted my attention at the time because of its size, lack of head markings, its short dark beak and its general behavior.  

Small gull
Small gull
Eds: it is a 1st winter Common Gull - Please email id@devonbirds.org for any bird identification enquiries before posting on Devon Bird Sightings a fuller explanation can then be offered. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 11:11 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 15th November 2020

Brampford Speke

Alongside the River Exe today were single Bar-headed and Barnacle goose amongst a flock of 360 Canada geese. On the very swollen river downstream at Stafford Bridge were 2 Little grebes and a pair of Mute swans with 4 cygnets.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 8:39 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

am: a whopping 26 Goosander on the reservoir and an equally impressive 25 (or so) Crossbills feeding in one of the tall pines by the dam.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 7:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

whitleigh

8 ringneck parakeet

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 6:53 pm by barry in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Later this morning at Fremington Pill under the cloudy sky there were a few Redshank, a couple of Spotted Redshank, a couple of Greenshank, a Kingfisher, one Glossy Ibis, a Lapwing and a few Wigeon.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still in willows around lake 2 this afternoon and a Siberian Chiffchaff with a collybita Chiffchaff in scrub by lake 1. Two more Chiffchaffs and at least 9 goldcrests around the site.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 4:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning between the showers:  27 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great crested Grebe on the Tamar. 4 Shelduck and a Greenshank on Ernesettle creek.  On the way home, 3 Goldcrest and a Firecrest in Budshead wood.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 4:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Stover WeBS count

This morning's WeBS count included 72 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Heron, 25 Tufted Duck, 2 Shovelor, 1 Teal, I male Wigeon, 1 male Pochard, 5 Mute swan, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Great crested Grebe. Yesterday 25 Common Snipe were counted, which is low for mid November.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 3:39 pm by JDA in Bird News

Dousland

Surprised to see on our patio, 1st year Black Redstart. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dodged the rain this morning to do a circuit of the patch on the low tide. Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes,Goosander (redhead), pair of Mandarin Ducks, 10 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, 4 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff & Siskin. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

S. Hallsands.

A Woodcock feeding on the grass verge of the tennis court was my first for the autumn and an unsusual location.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:53 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

During a short visit between the heavy showers this morning there were an impressive number of ducks on the marsh. A flock of about 70 mallard (almost all drakes) is the largest flock I have seen for a long time. Also present, but not counted, were pintail, shoveller, teal and wigeon. Because the tide was low in the estuary there were few waders; a single ruff (same individual as last winter), a few redshanks and black-tailed godwits. A single cattle egret was amongst cattle opposite the Swan's Nest pub, west of the railway line. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:24 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Goodrington, Young's Park ponds

1 fw drake Scaup with the tufted ducks. It's the same Scaup that was at Clennon Lakes a week or so ago. Also a Black Redstart on Young's Park Road houses it then flew over toward the Inn on the Quay pub.

   Scaup Fw Drake Goodrington 151120 ML  Scaup Fw Drake Goodrington 151120 ML

                                            First winter drake Greater Scaup with female Tufted Duck

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Weare Giffard flood meadows ,r. Torridge.

2 Cattle Egrets feeding on flood meadows with 3 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons just down stream of church.    

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 12:10 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Combemartin in the garden

A nice selection of birds in the garden this morning , pair of mistle thrush, blackbirds, female blackcap, robin wren goldfinch chaffinch and Star of the garden a solitary redwing.

Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 11:00 am by Philip worth in Bird News

Saltram

Just hanging around the duck pond before getting soaked in the rain, glad to see the holly tree full of redwings, about 4 of them. Also present were 4 nuthatch, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, mistle thrush, R.N parakeet, sparrowhawk, buzzard, g.s woodpecker, chaffinch, robins.  Some curlews in the nearby cowfield. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 9:42 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Exmouth

1 GN Diver - Exmouth Marina

1 Grey Plover - Shelly Beach

20 Dunlin 

1 Greenshank

50 Turnstone 

20 Redshank

40 Brent Goose

2 Shell Ducks

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 8:01 am by Stevan Windle in Bird News

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