Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th November 2020

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Wednesday 25th November 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

6 Goosander 3m 3f, 9 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 18 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide: drake Goosander, 6 Little Grebes, Shag, female Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mandarin Ducks, Snipe & Siskin.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 5:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Black Redstart - East Charelton

A female seen at times during the day around Home Farm, probably the same bird has been in the area since earlier in the month

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 4:47 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

2 M,1 F. Blackcaps on feeders in garden.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 3:23 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

R.Yeo flood meadows, Littleham,Bideford.

3 possibly 4 Green Sandpipers feeding on flooded fields beside r.Yeo about a mile west of Landcross on the Bradworthy road.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 11:28 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh Short-eared Owl

The dead Short-eared Owl was found last Thursday morning (19.11.20) by one of the Gaia Trusts volunteer wardens. Apparently the body was being sent off for analysis as there was no obvious sign of injury. It would be valuable to know what the cause of death was.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 6:42 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Plympton Sewage Treatment Works

Around mid day on the high tide a Dipper was in the leat alongside the cycle track at the STW.  Kingfishers are reasonably regular on the leat, but this is the first time I've ever seen a Dipper here. 

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 9:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Broadsands

Around Broadsands this morning, the reported Red Necked Grebe and a GND seen but far too distant to even take a record shot, so settled for some closer avian life.

Two adult Mediterranean Gulls and in excess of 75 Black Headed Gulls one of which had a metal BTO type ring. Three immature GBBG's


Missed trying for a photograph of a Peregrine chasing a Wood pigeon around the cliff face and in turn the Peregrine missed the Wood pigeon. Two Buzzards and a male Sparrowhawk about as well.


A pair of circling Raven being given by a hard time by a flock of Herring Gull.


Mix of Shag and Cormorant on one of the rocky outcrops.


Wren, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff along the beach marsh.

On leaving female Bullfinch and Blackcap seen from the road.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 8:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton

Female Black redstart on village roof. Single Swallow over Ley Reed bed.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Graham burton in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Second time lucky, distant views of a single short-eared owl. Also, unconfirmed report of one found dead 2 days ago. 

Short-eared Owl in flight (very distant)
Short-eared Owl in flight (very distant)

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 7:07 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Clennon Valley Lakes, Paignton

12:30

Yellow-browed Warbler downstream of first lake on muddy path by stream.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the rising tide, 5 Little Grebes, 25+ Turnstones & 6 Greenshanks with the Redshanks & Dunlins (on the wall, after being disturbed from Blaxton Meadow by a helicopter). Also, Treecreeper, 3 Siskins, 18+ Stock Doves, 4 Stonechats & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hackney good number of Curlew

74 curlew near high tide at Hackney, river Teign today.  Good number for a winter flock here. Also 14 Redshank, one greenshank, two dunlin and a common sandpiper.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by Peter Stevens in Bird News

Wigford Down 24th Nov 2020

100+ Fieldfare, in a mixed feeding flock with 30 Redwing (several very dark birds probably Icelandic), and 20 Starling.  A good number of Meadow Pipits, about 20, still in area, and one male Stonechat.  15+ Ravens in adjacent field mostly on a sheep carcass.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

N. Hallsands

Migrants this morning were 3 Goldcrests ( one a 'continental ' bird ) , 2 nominate Chiffchaffs and on the roof of the new house by the beach 2 ,1st. Yr. m. Black Redstarts.

1st. Yr. f.  'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. f. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 1:51 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late report for Monday 23.

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 7 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Redwing, c60 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 8:47 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 23rd November 2020

The Gaia Trust, Fremington

Late afternoon....The four glossy ibis were feeding in the field and on the margins of Salt Pill Duck pond. They flew towards the creek to roost at about 4pm.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Tarka Trail

The highlights of a walk from Barnstaple to Isley this morning were:

- two Cattle Egrets on Penhill Marsh;

- a sixty-plus flock of Winter thrushes, perhaps two-thirds Redwings;

- the Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill. No Ibises as the water was too high - where do they roost? Missed the Goosanders reported earlier;

- two Spoonbills asleep on Isley Marsh;

- at least ten Water Rails. Squeals came from every patch/strip of suitable habitat.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 9:21 pm by James Camden in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wigeon

On private farm land alongside Dartmoor above South Brent this afternoon, a flock of some 20 Wigeon flushed from a woodland pond, other birdlife was a little sparse, 2 Raven, handful of Fieldfare, small numbers of Redwing feeding on holly berries, a flock of 20 Starling, a flock of Long Tailed Tit and not a great deal else.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 8:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Now two full tailed Yellow-browed Warblers (the tail- less bird has not been seen for a week or more) one is along the stream (very muddy path) below the lakes and the other up around lake 3. also 2 collybita Chiffchaffs and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in sallows on lake 3.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fieldfares and Redwings At Fremington

Small flock of Redwings and Fieldfares feeding on the berries this afternoon on the Tarka trail on the Barnstaple side of Fremington.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Wembury

Quiet afternoon walk at Wembury Point hoping for either a firecrest or black redstart but saw neither. Very busy on the beach with people out enjoying the weather so no shorebirds either. Two singing Cirl Buntings the only notable sightings along with a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 6:05 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Chillington STW.

 2 Firecrests. 4 Goldcrests. 2 Chiffchaffs ,2 Grey Wagtails and in the horse paddocks and adjacent fields 20+ Redwing and 20/30 Blackbirds.

Ad. f. Firecrest.
Ad. f. Firecrest.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 6:02 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dunlin numbers have shot up, with 101 today. Also: 6 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, 6 Wigeon, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Snipe, 23+ Turnstones, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, 2 Siskins, Grey Wagtail & 13 Roe Deer.   

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 4:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soussons

Great Grey Shrike showing well on top of dead tree trunks in cleared woodland.

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Belle Isle Park, Exeter

09:58 - 11:14

Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Herring Gull; Woodpigeon; Mallard; Magpie; Robin; Goldfinch; Wren and Kingfisher.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:51 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Warren House, Vitifer valley, Golden Dagger.

Great Grey Shrike (m) still in Vitifer- Golden Dagger area, this time  on the south side of gate at approx position SX 681 802 sighted around 1045 this morning. Other sightings in Vitifer area, Fieldfare (5), Blackbirds, Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Kestrel, Ravens.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Goosanders at the quay , 2 males & 2 redheads.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 2:37 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Broadsands

Picture of the Elberry Cove Red-necked Grebe from Nigel Smallbones.

Red-necked Grebe Elberry Cove Torbay Nigel Smallbones

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 2:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

1 Red-necked Grebe off Elberry Cove this morning with at least 7 Great Northern Divers.

In the back of the 1st car park there was a Yellow-browed Wabler, 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 23 Nov 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 23 Nov 2020 ML

                                                             Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:16 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Male and first winter Snow Buntings still on the Burrows at 9.45 this morning. Feeding inconspicuously near the 8th green.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:07 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Chudleigh

A walk around Riding Parks this afternoon produced nothing unusual, apart from a Mistle Thrush that sang in flight as it flew high over the valley - something I've never experienced in 55 years of birding!

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 10:50 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saltram

8 Chaffinches, 100+ Goldfinches, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest, 6 Great tits, 4 Blue tits, 5 Long tailed tits, 2 Pied wagtails, 12 Skylarks, 1 Snipe, 5 Herons, 1 Mistle thrush, 1 Song thrush 6 Blackbirds, 2 Wrens, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Robins, Blaxton Meadow: Little Egrets, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Canada Geese, Oyster Catchers,

Goldfinches
Goldfinches
Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:57 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Chillington S.T.W.

6 nominate Chiffchaffs 3 Goldcrests 1 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtails ,3 Redwing and 20+ Blackbirds.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:02 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Longbridge/Blaxton Meadow

Excuse my lack of numbers, I'm not a counter! 

I spent about an hour watching a Kingfisher whizzing up and down at Longbridge, then ambled up to Blaxton Meadow.

Caught a Cormorant struggling to get a decent size catch down it's neck on the way.

At BM, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Kingfisher, Various Gulls, Shelduck, Wigeon, Curlew. Green Woodpecker in the woods and Buzzard overhead

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:01 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Fernworthy Forest

12.45-13.30

A single Great Grey Shrike showed well for short periods on the fringes of the vast northern clearfell.  It was mobile and elusive and also ranged out at least 600-700m on to the open moor SE of Shovel Down and SW of Chagford Common.

One or two birds in the wider local area at present? 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 5:15 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

North Devon

Out and about this afternoon with camera in hand.  Spotted this Short eared owl sitting on a fence post.  Long distance shot only so no close-ups.

Short eared owl
Short eared owl
Short eared owl
Short eared owl

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 4:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saltram

100+ Goldfinches, 8 Chaffinches,12 Skylarks, 1 Snipe, 5 Herons, 1 Mistlethrush,1 Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird, 2 Wrens, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Robins, On Blaxton Meadow: Little Egrets, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Canada Geese and a Kingfisher

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 4:00 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Black Redstart at Cattedown

Black Redstart on Poseidon House at Neptune Park (South West Path) off Cattedown Road

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:44 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Isley Marsh, Home Farm Marsh

At Isley Marsh 20 Wigeon 30 Teal 34 Shelduck 7 Grey Plovers 3 Oyster Catchers about 500 Golden Plover and 200 Lapwing. 

At Home Farm Marsh over looking the river 1 Whooper Swan 3 Shelduck and 3 Brent Geese.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:20 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Great grey shrike soussons plantation

Parked at Bennett’s cross this morning and walked down towards soussons plantation. The great grey shrike has seen near the gate before the plantation at around 11 am. 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:03 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in Bird News

Bovisand

Black Redstart (fem/1st-w), Firecrest & Green Woodpecker.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Female scaup

Lone female scaup along with teal, coots, and a mute sawn at the Mica mine ponds near Wotter.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:48 pm by Andy Quest in Bird News

Plympton

Firecrest in gardens along Compass Drive/Highglen Drive. Two Blackcap also around. 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:35 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lipson, Plymouth - Black Redstarts

2 males and 1 female Black Redstarts on the roof tops at Lipson, Plymouth, only managed to get 1 male before the other 2 flew off


Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 1:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Goosander in Plymbridge Woods

3 Felmale Goosander shooting the bridge in Plymbridge Woods yesterday. 3 Goosander in the Plym estuary opposite Saltram on Friday 20th (1 male 2 female).

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 11:37 am by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Highlights ; 1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , 3 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spoonbill , 20 + Ring Plovers , 1 Mistle Thrush , flocks of Redwings & Fieldfares & 1 Short eared owl . 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 10:58 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

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