Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th November 2020

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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

Saturday 14th November 2020

Downend

am - Now 5 f Common Scoters at Downend. Hoping this number will increase during the next few weeks.


Posted November 14th, 2020 at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Home farm Marsh , Yelland

Imm./sub-adult Whooper Swan On Gaia trust scrape.

Posted November 14th, 2020 at 8:55 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Friday 13th November 2020

South Efford Reserve

Further to my post yesterday, I've just noticed the earlier posts from late October and it looks I did see the Lesser Yellowlegs after all! Nice to know you can spot a rare one occasionally.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 9:36 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

Home Marsh Farm....Short -Eared Owls

Good views of two Short-Eared Owls hunting over the western end of Home Marsh Farm late afternoon. In fading light the lone swan on the pond was hard to I.D. 

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 9:23 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

North Haldon

Walked a loop Ide - Perridge - Dunchideock - Ide this morning, serenaded much of the way by the songs of larks, a Cirl Bunting (continuing their Northward expansion) and Yellowhammer. In the farmland were flocks of Linnet (two of 75+ each), Starling (250+), Chaffinch (50+), mixed corvids (700+, never seen so many Carrions together before away from the estuary, but, unusually, no Ravens), and small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare. In and over the woods were Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Siskin, Crossbill and two Sparrowhawks. Ended with a Dipper on the stream that runs through Ide.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Whooper Swan not sure if it is one though.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 6:16 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

Cycled out to Downend early this morning & then on to Croyde Bay NT car park & walked out to Baggy Point & back. 1 f Common Scoter at Downend on the outward journey which increased to 4 f Common Scoters  on return journey. None at Baggy Point.

Late aft - back to only 1 f Common Scoter at Downend!


Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Yealm Osprey

Late Osprey fishing (as was I!) in the Yealm estuary at 10:30 this morning. Plunged into the river opposite me before heading downstream  towards the former Yealm hotel. Reappeared shortly afterwards heading towards Steer Point where it circled above the river for a minute or two. Not seen again.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:00 pm by Peter Phillips in Bird News

Firecrest Dawlish

Firecrest showing and calling well in gardens at Meadow Rise-stockton rd junction at 9am

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:55 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Widworthy

Meadow Pipits in the lane 

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Wembury

Great views of a barn owl quartering the field next to our house in west Wembury this evening. Throughout the day good passage of thrushes through the Ford valley as well as lots of warblers in the garden, presumably chiffchaffs. 

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:23 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On today's low (& rising) tide: 8 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Jack Snipe, Firecrest, 6+ Siskins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12 Stock Doves, Sparrowhawk, Weasel & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

First bunting count of the winter but in very mild conditions so not much expected. Peak were 60 Cirl Bunting, only 15 Yellowhammer (must be around somewhere) & 480 Skylark. Also 400 Woodpigeon over.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

meldon

fieldfare and redwings,  14.30. this afternoon, about 300 plus birds at least 80 % fieldfare feeding on the hawthorn berries around the granulite quarry area.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:37 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Clennon Lakes & Broadsands

The full tailed Yellow-browed Warbler still in willows by lake 2 this afternoon also 2 Chiffchaffs and 6 goldcrests.

Broadsands: 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Guillemot, 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 4 chiffchaffsand 3 Goldcrests around the various marshes.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Milton Sewage works 12/11/2020

Several chiffchaffs catching flies, a couple of goldcrests, flock of Long-tailed tits and a sparrowhawk flew over

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:43 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 12th November 2020

Saltram

Blaxton Meadow: 2 Common Gulls, Shelduck, Mallards, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, On the Plym 2 Dabchicks, I Common Sandpiper, 5 Red head Goosanders. Saltram Estate:3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, I Sparrow Hawk, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 10 R.N. Parakeets, Goldfinches, Siskins, 20+ Redwing,2 Mistle Thrush,, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Stock Doves, 12 Jays.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Gull
Common Gull

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 10:53 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Exton - Exeter

Over lunchtime:

- a single "drive-by" Cattle Egret feeding on Topsham flats, despite there being no cattle visible;

- from Exton Station, plenty of Wigeon, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Godwit, Curlew etc., plus 70+ Avocets, double figures of Grey Plover, three G-c Grebes, two Mergansers, a distant probable Goldeneye (no 'scope so cannot be sure), and a Grey Seal, hauled out on the mud.

Later:

- at Countesswear a Green Sandpiper, and, behind the crematorium, a singing Treecreeper;

- in the Trews Weir flood channel, two squealing Water Rails and a Kingfisher.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 9:49 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of variety on this morning’s walk: Dipper, Kingfisher, 1 or 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 redhead Goosanders, 3 Little Grebes, Chiffchaff, 5 Siskins Grey Wagtail & c 20 Redwings.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 7:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Warbler sp seen moving through hedgerow by side of lake, close to bird hide. Pot bellied bird suggesting possible Booted Warbler 

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 7:18 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh today

Inadvertently disturbed the Short Eared Owl today which had been concealed on the long grass of the flood bank but which then took off as we approached,  unaware it was there. It circled out over the estuary and came back to settle,  possibly in bushes somewhere up river of the westerly border of the Marsh. Four Glossy Ibis together at the reach of the tide in Fremington Pill. 

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Four Glossy Ibis in silhouette
Four Glossy Ibis in silhouette

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 6:11 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Skern

30 Shelduck 15 Wigeon 60 Brent Geese 50 Oyster Catcher 30 Golden Plover 20 Redshank 10 Curlew 2 Pied Wagtail 3000 Black Headed Gull and Herring Gull. 

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 6:01 pm by Barnbas in Bird News

South Efford Reserve

Is there another wader with yellow legs? Could have sworn I've seen a Lesser Yellowlegs today at the above reserve. It was with 2 redshanks in good visibility - around 1400hrs. Would love someone to confirm if still around.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 5:42 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

River Taw Barnstaple

6 Goosanders in front of Anchor woods this afternoon , 2m & 6 f/juv.



Posted November 12th, 2020 at 3:47 pm by David paterson in Bird News

Kingfisher Radford Lake

Male Kingfisher showing very well at Radford Lake, Plympton



Posted November 12th, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Gregory Bradbury in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront 12:45 Today

A great northern diver off the yacht club and three more off the Ness. One yesterday @14:00 as well, off the yacht club.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 2:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Otter Estuary & East Soar

Comments sent in just now - hope it goes ahead.

Not much at East Soar this morning - migration over. Best 35 Cirl Bunting, 4 Goldcrest & 700 Woodpigeon over.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 12:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Home farm Marsh , Yelland.

Imm. Whooper Swan On Gaia trust scrape in front of hide.

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

Bramblings at Knightshayes National Trust Tiverton

Two male Bramblings seen on the 11th Nov 2020 by the feeders by carpark.

A single male seen on the 12th but not seen since so possibly moved on

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 11:09 am by Andrew Stuthridge in Bird News

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Broadsands

On the sea and beaches: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Around the marshes and car parks: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Cirl Buntings (on seed in 2nd car park)

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 10:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

1 Green Sandpiper, 1m (eclipse) Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 8:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

South Brent and Tuckenhay

Overnight at home (South Brent) a Barn owl calling and at least three very vocal Tawny owls, today Green and GS Woodpeckers and Jay.


On the river at Tuckenhay between the two pubs, spotted a Dipper as I drove by and while sneaking a bit closer saw a female Goosander and then a second Dipper.

Hunting Sparrowhawk and two soaring Buzzards.


Eight Little Egret in the cattle field opposite Bowden Pillars.

Dipper
Dipper
Goosander (female)
Goosander (female)

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 6:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Highlights from this morning ; 4 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , a couple hundred Lapwings , 25 ish Golden Plovers , 10 Dublin & 1 f Red-breasted Merganser .

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 1:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Maer Rocks, Exmouth

10:00

At least three Purple Sandpiper.

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 12:54 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Otter Valley

Can I back up Chris Townend's appeal?  There is a well-organised and, presumably, well-funded group utterly opposing this wonderful development for the4 natural world, posting glossy leaflets through every door in the area, claiming, amongst other things, that "the green landscape will be replaced by mud flats; trees will be felled:....species such as owls, otters, bats and beavers will be lost."  So please do drop a line to East Devon supporting these proposals, which have been in the pipeline for several years.  Thanks!  

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 10:27 am by Colin Randall in Bird News

south molton

11/11  marsh tit, community woodlands

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 9:26 am by art symons in Bird News

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Avon Dam

Four males among the 17 Goosanders roosting at the Avon Dam this morning included two that had not completed their moult (photo). A late departure just after 0800 was in a SE direction rather than S down the Avon valley and the group was later found feeding at a small fishing lake about 4 km away.

Goosanders - the four males
Goosanders - the four males

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 9:50 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

2 Woodcocks flying around at dusk.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 9:24 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Sheepstor, Dartmoor.

Large Swift seen at Sheepstor Hamlet at around 1315. Also in the area big flock of Fieldfare's with some Redwings

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The drake Green-winged Teal showed well this afternoon on the lagoon between the Fisherman’s car park and the middle car park, also the American Wigeon was seen on the marshes this morning and a Yellow - browed Warbler near the Swan’s Nest Inn early morning. Also a Guillemot below the turf locks on the river.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 4:31 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Dart's Farm

Cattle Egret from hide at one o'clock.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by David Gray in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight today, a Snow Bunting in the NT office car park and very tame, prob.1st winter male. Also: Black Redstart, 4 Goldcrest, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 46 Blackbird, 31 Robin, 15 Dunnock, 13 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 160 Carrion Crow, 450 Skylark & migrant Mistle Thrush.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Dippers showing well at Longbridge this morning, where there was also a dozen Siskins, Chiffchaff & Grey Wagtail. On the river, 1 Kingfisher, & an adult Mediterranean was amongst the Black-headed Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Around the Park, 3 Fieldfares, Redwing & Great Spotted & Green Woodpeckers. 

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ernesettle Lake

This morning  , apart from the usual suspects ,at least 15 Snipe along with 4 male Teal and 6 Widgeon.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 1:54 pm by Peter castle in Bird News

Male Black Redstart

An update of the Black Redstart at Lipson, this morning a Male showed up so now there is a Male & Female Black Redstart



Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh 12:30 today

Short Eared Owl  quartering over the field with the sheep in at Gaia Trust Home Farm Marsh this lunchtime. 

Short Eared Owl at Home Farm Marsh
Short Eared Owl at Home Farm Marsh

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The ‘tail-less’ Yellow Browed Warbler still Clennon Valley in Willows over the stream below the weir calling repeatedly and showing well 1140am-Also 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest 

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:41 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Whtleigh garden

44 Starlings on wires.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 11:05 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Late Garden Warbler Mountbatten Plymouth

After picking up the bird on Saturday and after a couple of visits Over the successive days all with very brief views. Had good views of the bird Yesterday alongside blackcap to confirm ID as Garden Warbler. A late record for this species. Also in same location opposite entrance to Derwent Close a Firecreast feeding in same area of scrub both yesterday and on Sunday. Thanks to the local birders for assisting in clinching the id with me.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 7:26 am by Graham Devine in Bird News

Monday 9th November 2020

Exminister Marsh

An afternoon visit which included the tide dropping from Turf Hotel. Duck numbers very low, with no more than 45 Teal, 30+ Wigeon & 6 Shoveler incl on the lagoon. On the marsh were 450+ Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, Ruff and 1 Cattle Egret. 

On the estuary from Turf, as tide dropped. 130 Dunlin, 24 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Pintail, 30+ Wigeon and 250 Brent Geese. 

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 7:38 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

3 Goosander 1m(eclipse) 2f, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2m Tufted Duck, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Jay, 2 Cormorant.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 7:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Yarner Woods

Initially quiet, no feeders out at Car Park bird hide, walked past Office just prior to path which leads up to reservoir excellent view of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper, also Marsh/Long Tailed/Great/Blue Tits they were all in one area where the woodland was less dense. 

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 4:11 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The waders this morning (on the wall & Blaxton Meadow) included 6 Greenshanks & a Common Sandpiper but no numbers of significance. Also around the site: Little Grebe, 2 Shags, 2 each of Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Nuthatches, 2 Stonechats, Siskin & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mudbanks, Exmouth

08:30 - 10:03

GN Diver still present this morning on the rising tide. Initially further out and then closer in at boat yard area.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 3:27 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Clennon this lunchtime - one with a tail the other without. Also 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrests and just 1 Chiffchaff.

   Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 9th Nov 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler tailless Clennon Lakes 9th Nov 2020 ML

                                                                2x Yellow-browed Warblers

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 3:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

The Ring Ouzel showed well today in the quarry having a good preen after a down pour this morning. Still 40+ Goldcrests around the woods and 2 Firecrests. Overhead there were 3 Brambling, 22 Chaffinches, 1 Redwing, 7 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch and little else of interest.

 Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 09 Nov 20 ML Firecrest Berry Hd 9 Nov 20 ML

                           Ring Ouzel                                                                          Firecrest

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Yet another good raptor over the garden, a ringtail Hen Harrier. After consulting "Forsman" have concluded adult female. Bird being harassed by Carrion Crow all the time as the harrier headed for Slapton.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 11:11 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Female Black Redstart Lipson Plymouth

Very nice to see a female Black Redstart on the roof of my house in Lipson, Plymouth, very friendly didn't seem to bothered about the camera clicking away. First year a female has been here, the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of males.



Posted November 9th, 2020 at 9:58 am by Greg Paul Bradbury in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2020

Exeter patch birding at its best

Back on furlough for the next 4 weeks so more time for my local patch in exeter between the  mill on the Exe and start of flood relief channel at st David’s a summary of last 3 days excellent birding 

Friday 6th Watched from 07:00 till 11:30

11000+ wood pigeon south mostly before 09:00, amazing  thrush passage all north/ north east mostly viewed at Exeter st David’s end of flood relief channel totals 8000+ redwing, 2500+ feldfare, 80+ mistle thrush  30+ song thrush , great views of a Great egret flew in low from the west and headed up river at 10:15 and earlier a merlin headed north also 2 redpoll, small numbers of Siskin and skylarks, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dippers, 2 grey wagtail, 6 chiffchaff, 4 little egrets

Saturday 7th watched from 07:00 till 10:30

only 600+ redwing and 12+ fieldfare again all north east , 3 little grebes on the river and brief views of an otter actively fishing before putting the little grebes into a panic as it headed into the far bank and disappearing , 1 water pipit flew south calling a new patch tick , 10+ meadow pipit, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 kingfisher, 2 dipper; 1 grey wagtail, 3 little egrets

sunday 8th watched from 07:00 till10:00

132+ redwing 12+ skylark all east most surprising was a male red kite flew in low from the West 08:32 being harassed by local crows before gaining height and heading east over the river at st David’s before being lost to view, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dipper, 2  grey wagtail , 3 little egrets

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren, early afternoon

A few linnets, stonechats, greenfinch and goldfinch. Great spotted woodpecker, shoveler and 'singing' little grebe on the lake. By the pond near the golf course, an ace view of a firecrest, two chiffchaffs and a group of fortyish long-tailed tits flying through. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Lanacre, Exmoor

1 kestrel seen, but no goosanders.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:55 pm by art symons in Bird News

south molton

7 L Redpoll feeding on alder cones, 1 siskin

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:53 pm by art symons in Bird News

Skern

Solitary Swallow heading South West low over the edge of the Golf course @ 09.10 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by Warren Shipman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

At 0830 this morning the tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was calling persistently and showing reasonably well from within the willow below the bottom weir. A second visit at about 1400 produced not a sign or sound of it.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:08 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Start Point

am: 1 Black Redstart below the lighthouse and 1 Merlin which headed purposefully out to sea (!).

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 6:12 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Whtlegh Garden

30 Starlings on wires.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:43 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,13 Goldcrests ( 5 ringed ,all with the plumage characteristics of ' continental' birds ) Very few other migrants present ; 2 Chiffchaffs and 15+ Blackbirds .

1st. Yr.m.  ' continental' Goldcrest.
1st. Yr.m. ' continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Hallsands

A rather sorry-looking tailless Black Redstart was on the rocks in front of the houses at North Hallsands, also a Great Northern Diver offshore.


Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:28 pm by Paul Roberts in Bird News

Exe Estuary WeBS count

This morning's count between Starcross and Dawlish Warren golf course was messed up by a boat emerging from Eales Dock - many Wigeon and some Teal went to sit on the sea. Highlights were Slavonian, Little and 4 G C Grebes, 11 Little Egrets, only 574 Wigeon, 169 Teal, 2 Mergansers, 34 Snipe and 10 Greenshank. A bizarre surprise was a Cetti's Warbler calling as it sat on the top of a gorse bush on the edge of DW golf course! Also 6 Cirl Buntings there.

There were at least 47 Cattle Egrets near Cockwood on the NW slope of Easter Hill - only really viewable by scope from Warboro Plantation. They're sticking like glue to the large outwintered herd of dairy cattle, which are frequently moved around the Easter Hill fields.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

The Snow Bunting was still at the end of the Pebble Ridge this afternoon feeding on seeds and grass heads. For a couple of hours it moved around the pebbles oblivious of people and dogs.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:54 pm by Martin Unwin and Irene Hahn in Bird News

Cattedown in Plymouth

Black Redstart on the white storage tanks at Green Energy Wharf seen from South West path at the end of Cattedown Road

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Hope's Nose

09.40-11.20

Brambling flew in and landed in one of the taller trees towards the entrance gate. It gave brief but good views, then flew off inland. Firecrest, 2 Bullfinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 15+ Goldfinches, 5 Common Scoters flew south, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Stonechats, 6+ Rock Pipits. Female Kestrel over, Sparrowhawk. 3 Song Thrush, fall of Blackbirds. Redwing calling from deep cover. 2 Grey Seals. 

This afternoon, 3 Goldcrests and a Firecrest close to Torbay Leisure Centre. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:48 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seven Greenshanks represented the best wader count on Blaxton Meadow at high tide & 3 Snipe also dropped in. Elsewhere, Firecrest, 2 Siskins, Blackcap,Stonechat, Kingfisher, Shag, 4 Wigeon, 13 Turnstones & 9 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

An almost constant stream of Redwings coming into the garden to feed on holly berries today with two Song Thrush and handful of Blackbird.

Plenty of Wood pigeon activity with dozens of birds dropping down to feed on acorns.

Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent ~ Sparrowhawk

Female Sparrowhawk sat cleaning herself up after she had killed one of my racing pigeons.

Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Skern

45 Shelduck 20 Lapwing 20 Golden Plover 5 Wigeon 5 Teal 1 Starling 2 Pied wagtail a few Black Headed Gull and Herring Gull.  

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 2:12 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Berry Head & Torbay

Around Berry Head today: 38 Goldcrests, 4 Firecrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Stonechat. In the quarry 1 Ring Ouzel (video here: https://youtu.be/-BA_Y9UFBOg ), 1 Black Redstart.

Overhead migration a little disappointing but of interest: 3 Brambling with 24+ Chaffinches, 2 Siskin, 11 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Bullfinches, very low numbers of Wood Pigeon just 19 counted.

Torbay: 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes.

   Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 8th Nov 2020 ML Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 8th Nov 2020 ML

                                                                Ring Ouzel, Berry Head

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 1:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were 2 Firecrest, an influx of 19 Goldcrest, Black Redstart, 31 Robin, White Wagtail, 10 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 7 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 17 Blackbird & 25 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

On Friday 6th Nov , At Meldon Reservoir Dartmoor National Park in a hawthorn on the  left just past the gate, after crossing the Dam; 20+ field fares, 2 redwings and a ring ouzel feeding on the berries

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 11:50 am by Liz Crow in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow Bunting still present at 9.45 this morning

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 11:14 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

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