Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th December 2020

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Monday 7th December 2020

Berry Head 4pm 7th December

Not much activity out over the sea except for a few circling gulls and gannets. 2 Stonechats in the hedgerow by Landscove showed well in the last rays of sunshine but they looked to be a cold as me.  The wind chill must have been around zero.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 9:18 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Rippon Tor

1 male Hen Harrier briefly, mid-pm. 

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Baggy Point

Excellent views of a cracking male black redstart this afternoon. Twenty scoters off the point.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 5:15 pm by Brian Sims in Bird News

Velator

Still several each of Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall at Wrafton Pond. Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank on the scrape, nearby a few Lapwing and Curlew. Rarely see Grey Wagtail, but today one was under the Tesco Bridge, one near the scrape and then one in the river as I left. Probably 4 calling Water Rails - 2 seen, one flying over the pond at my approach and the other unconcernedly feeding by the water's edge as I watched from the blind. A Cetti's Warbler also sang right in front of me and I had a good if brief view. Still plenty of Finches - also taking advantage of the Sea Buckthorn berries around the reserve. 15 Song Thrushes ringed since September gives an idea of how many are passing through.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 3:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Cold weather saw increase in Skylark numbers to 950 but buntings still on low side with 60 Yellowhammer & 45 Cirl Bunting. Also: Sparrowhawk, 22 Golden Plover, 13 Stock Dove, 110 Woodpigeon, a small influx of 46 Blackbird & 22 Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, male Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 200 Carrion Crow, 60 Starling & 30 Chaffinch.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 3:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Baggy Point

After another cold night decided to walk out to Baggy Pt expecting an increase in the numbers of Scoters. This time 2 less than last time making a total of 18 females! Also the 2 Red throated Divers seen previously were present which later flew towards Morte Pt.

During the hour we spent at Baggy Point 11 more Red throated Divers probably from Hartland Point flew past heading towards Morte Pt.

Also 1 distant f Black Redstart present seen through the scope. 


Posted December 7th, 2020 at 2:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Instow car park.

The freezing conditions in North Devon always attract birds to the old winter standby of Sea Buckthorn.   The large stand in the main car park at Instow this morning held at least 6 Blackcap , 4 m. And 2 f. Counted together , a small party of Fieldfare , an Imm.m.Black Redstart , Many Starlings Plus Dunnock And Goldfinch.     2 Spoonbill roosting at Isley.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 11:27 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sunday 6th December 2020

Wrafton pond

Two male and two female Shoveler, a few Wigeon, a couple of Gadwall two little grebe and in the field next to the pond was one Godwit, distant shot.

Shoveler
Shoveler
Godwit
Godwit

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 11:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Portworthy, Lee Moor

The now regularly returning female Red-crested Pochard was on the main mica dam at Portworthy at mid-day, along with a good number of Teal and a few Wigeon and Mallard.

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 9:46 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Velator

Both Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape today. Ringed 33 birds. Mostly Greenfinch(20) One of the Blackbirds clearly a continental bird: wing 140 and weight 112 grams. A Chaffinch with a Z-reg ring number was originally ringed in 2015. Retrapped it most years (except last year) since then, always in Winter. Wonder where it spends it's Summers?

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 9:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

Clennon Valley ~ The Friends of Clennon Valley were doing a cracking job of maintaining some of the walkways when I arrived so birding was not at its best, but Goldcrest, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Coot, numerous Moorhen seen.

Broadsands to Elberry Cove ~ Two GND, Black Necked and Red Necked Grebe, two Fulmar, Peregrine overhead towards Brixham, Guillemot, Rock Pipit, Heron and Little Egret.

Around the Broadsands ~ female Blackcap, four sightings of Firecrest, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, several Wren calling.

Back home at South Brent, two Sparrowhawk sightings and the remains of a Collard Dove that looked as if it had had a close encounter with a Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker calling, sixteen Starling and a few minutes ago a Tawny owl calling.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 7:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

Had a two hour boat trip out of Brixham this morning. Was lumpy but managed to see 5 Great Northern divers, many Cormorants on the cliffs at 7 Quarries, 2 Mute Swans flying across the bay, 3 Little Egret, Brent goose flying past Berry Head, many small rafts of Guillemots and two birds of prey. Also 3 Common Dolphin and 5 Porpoise. Did get very lumpy off Berry Head. One place left for next Sunday with Kelly's Hero.

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 7:01 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Clennon Lakes, Torbay

Afternoon walk round lakes 1-3. 3 dabchick, 6 teal, tufted duck, muscovy duck, little egret, water rail (heard), kingfisher, cetti's warbler (heard).

Teal
Teal
Dabchick
Dabchick

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 5:43 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good variety in this morning’s sunshine: Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 170 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, 20+ Turnstones, 27 Wigeon, 5 Goosanders, 4 Little Grebes, 1or 2 Kingfishers, Great Northern Diver, 9 Little Egrets, 5 Siskins, pair of Stonechats & 12 Roe Deer.

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Divers - Broadsands area

Three Great Northern, two very close to Broadsands Beach with another behind the mussel beds beyond Elberry Cove, and 1 Black-throated Diver around the mussel bed buoys. 

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 5:08 pm by Peter& Carole Leigh in Bird News

Stover

4 (2prs) Goosander at Stover this morning. 30 Tufted, 3 Little Grebe, and Marsh Tit the best of the rest. 

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 5:02 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 12.15

A female Long-tailed Duck showed very well close to the Leadstone.  Two local birders on site said that it had been in the same area for the last two days. Also a Great Northern Driver south, Brent Goose north and 3 species of raptor.

Later this afternoon, 2 Firecrests in the bushes between the Velopark and Torbay Leisure Centre, at Clennon Valley.  

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 4:40 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Four Purple Sandpiper on rocks near Nassau Court at high tide this morning

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 4:28 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Isley Marsh

at Isley Marsh 1 Goldcrest 1 Curlew 1 Dunlin 30 Wigeon 40 Teal 40 Shelduck 300 Golden Plover 20 Lapwing 2 Redshank 1 Oystercatcher.

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 2:38 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

south molton yesterday, Sat 5/12

Community woodland: mixed flock (20 or so) of tits, finches included at least 1 Siskin, 1 L. redpoll

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 12:15 pm by art symons in Bird News

Horsey island high tide roost....

Amongst a few hundred Lapwing and Curlew in the field next to the horse field adjacent to Horsey Island this frosty morning was one unusual looking wader which was confirmed as a Ruff by Rob Jutsum, thanks, who was doing his monthly count. It's been there for a couple if weeks apparently. Although it was a good 100 metres away I did manage this grainy record shot. 

Distant image of a Ruff with Lapwing and Curlew
Distant image of a Ruff with Lapwing and Curlew

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 11:59 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Partially albino Blackbird

This male Blackbird in gardens of Oakland Park, Dawlish

Posted December 6th, 2020 at 11:01 am by paul barker in Bird News

Saturday 5th December 2020

plymouth railway station

around 130 ringneck parakeet in to roost

Eds - this count is very high compared with recent reports from other local observers; please confirm light conditions and confidence with accuracy when submittinmg this and other Parakeet roost counts to the County Recorder. Thanks.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 7:42 pm by barry in Bird News

Wembury point

9:00 - 11:00. Close views of a song thrush on the walk down the hill from car park. On the beach, mixed flock of 50 or so pipits (rock and meadow) with a single grey wagtail. A number of Water pipit candidates but views were either too distant or fleeting to confirm the species. Also of note a single sanderling chased by the waves and two turnstones.  Good number of oystercatchers as well, around 20 birds. 

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 2:08 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Bishops Walk TQ1

Fulmar, cruising along coast towards Hopes Nose. Kestrel hovering over coastal path. TCCT interpretive board now up at both ends of the walk.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 2:04 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

On the meadow at high tide this morning, I had my highest count of Curlew 81. Also 189 Dunlin & 26 Wigeon.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 2:03 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Torbay

Around Torbay this morning: 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 12 or more Common Dolphins, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black Redstart (Roundham Head), 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrest Broadsands.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 1:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham, Goat Walk

Single spotted redshank feeding on mud close to Goat Walk at 12.30.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 1:05 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning.

18 Goosander 7m 11f, 6 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant.

Posted December 5th, 2020 at 12:56 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 4th December 2020

Barnstaple

Pair of Goosanders right up and nearly under the old bridge, 2 Common Sandpipers and Curlew, Redshank and Oystercatchers. Very cold wind!!! 

Posted December 4th, 2020 at 7:24 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

cann woods whitleigh

10 ringneck parakeet

Posted December 4th, 2020 at 6:10 pm by barry in Bird News

Torbay

Around Torbay this morning: Paignton 1 Long-tailed Duck. Goodrington 1st w drake Scaup. Clennon Lakes 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Cetti's Warblers. Broadsands 1 Firecrest.

 Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 4th Dec 2020 ML  

                                         Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 4th Dec 2020

Posted December 4th, 2020 at 1:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wembury

Late swallow just flew over the site at Wembury 

Posted December 4th, 2020 at 10:26 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Fremington Pill

This is the Spotted Redshank that failed to load on my previous post.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 10:27 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Matford Marsh to Turf & back

A walk from Matford Marsh to Turf locks today while car in garage. Best at Matford 55 Wigeon, 58+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, 8 Tufted, 3 Gadwall, Water Rail & for sad locals 2 coot have returned. 

On Exminister Marsh Short-eared Owl showed briefly before landing in the grass. Seen later by others when flushed by walkers. Also 330+ Lapwing, 360+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, M Gadwall & 40+ Fieldfare.

Off Turf on Estuary as tide dropped 16 Ringed Plover, 23 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 7 Grey Plover, 30 Avocet 3 Great C Grebes & 60+ Pintail.

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 9:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Ottery St Mary - Yellow-browed Warbler

YbW in the Alder trees beside the Otter, south of OSM at Fluxton. The call attracted me at first and then positive ID with the eye stripe and 2 pale wing bars. A patch first!

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 8:34 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Fremington Pill

On way home this afternoon I popped in to Fremington Pill and wasn't disappointed. Saw four Greenshank, one Spotted Redshank, a number of Teal, the usual Redshanks and one Glossy Ibis.  The most exciting find was a single Water Rail hiding in the grass close to the road..   

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 7:10 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Brent Starling murmuration

This evenings Plymouth Road, South Brent Starling murmaration, weather conditions and poor light did not help but it gives you an idea what an incredible exhibition just 300 or so Starlings can put on.

Jackdaws showed up a couple of times and in one images I took you can see a Starling being caught by a Jackdaw, debatable if it was actually after a meal or just being a pain in the butt.....

Starling
Starling
Starling
Starling

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 5:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Lots of gannets off Start point fishing, the occasional tuna showing, 5 Common scoter and 2 eider, a couple of GNDs and 2 black redstarts

Gannet
Gannet
Common Scoter/ Eider
Common Scoter/ Eider

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 5:07 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

A fine male Black Redstart popped into the garden from Hill Close at lunchtime. Could it be last winter's young male returning? Sadly, it was promptly chased off by the resident Robin.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 4:31 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Velator etc.

Yesterday both Dipper and Kingfisher in the river. The Redshank on the scrape. I looked for it again this morning from the Tarka Trail, and found a Black-tailed Godwit! Looking out again from the reserve, the Redshank flew in too. A Curlew called from nearby. Water Rails still calling, and also recently, most days a Tawny Owl quietly calling during the day.

On the flower front, some little creature of the night ate my early Primroses! But yesterday I found a Ragged Robin in full flower.

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Stover Country Park

On my way home from Totnes I called in to Stover.  Goosanders and Tufted Ducks showing well.

Male Goosander
Male Goosander

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 10:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Stover

3 pairs of Goosander showing well this lunchtime

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 9:25 pm by Lorraine Stocking in Bird News

Ernessetle Creek/Tamar Est, late post from 1st Dec.

First thing yesterday morning on the falling tide, I did good, and counted, which I don't normally do.

8 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 20 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron,  14 Oystercatcher heading up the Tamar, 2 Mute swan on the wing, 3 (probably) Mute Swan over on the Cornish side, 2 GC Grebe, 2 Curlew passing by at diff. times. 2 GBBG, 20 BHG, At least 40 Canada goose, 1 Kingfisher, 1 snipe, a couple of Cormorant and a Chiffchaff with no Chaff.

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
GC Grebe
GC Grebe

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 8:59 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton GND and 42/43 Turnstone inc the Dutch ringed bird.

Youngs Park, the reported drake Scaup showing well


Roundham Head -A pair of Fulmar on the sea and on the headland a partly leucistic Carrion Crow, Wrens dotted all around the headland.


From Paignton harbour the two recently reported Long Tailed ducks spotted one on it's own and the other with a handful of Common Scoter, all were at a distance and binoculars or a scope required.


A pod of Dolphin working their way across and around the bay, again very distant.

From Daddyhole Plain another small flock of Scoter around the mussel beds.

Scaup
Scaup

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 8:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton

late post for Tuesday 1st December: drake Ring-necked Duck at Torcross end of Ley again plus 5 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers offshore.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 7:42 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

Berry Head and mouth of Torbay this am:

13 (8+5) Common Dolphins

2 Harbour Porpoise

2 (very large) Tuna, presumably Bluefin

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin
Harbour Porpoise
Harbour Porpoise

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 4:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow being well used at low tide with 25 Wigeon joined by a dark-bellied Brent Goose. Also on site, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), Jack Snipe, Snipe, Great Northern Diver, c20 Turnstones, 3 Chiffchaffs, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker & 11 Roe Deer.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Farmland bird count priorities were 500 Skylark, 53 Cirl Bunting & 60 Yellowhammer. Still on the low side but may increase as the weather gets colder. Also: Whinchat in fracas with male Stonechat, female Merlin hunting Skylarks, 3 Lapwing (first this year), 4 Redwing, 17 Dunnock, 15 Greenfinch, 100 Jackdaw, 120 Carrion Crow & 400 Starling.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

In the valley this morning. 3 Firecrests and 11 Goldcrests. Overhead 5 Redwings.  8/10 Firecrests regularly overwinter in the entire length of the valley from Lannacombe Beach to Lannacombe Green ( 3/4 mile )This morning's birds were at approx. mid point in the valley.

1st. Yr. f.  Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. f. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m.  Firecrest.
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 2:31 pm by Alan. K. Searle in Bird News

River Otter (White Bridge - Otterton)

09:44 - 11:54

Yellow-browed Warbler, Grey Wagtail and Jay were the highlights.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 1:34 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

Early am - No Scoters at Downend.

At Baggy Pt one flock of exactly 20 female Common Scoters,2 Red throated Divers flying past Baggy point towards Morte Pt. 4 Shags, one pair of Ravens, 8 Fulmars & 35 Jackdaws.


Posted December 2nd, 2020 at 12:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Velator to Crow.

Very large flocks of Lapwing around the breech area, 3 curlew sandpiper, 1common Sandpiper, 2Thrush,4 Stonechat, 6LittleEgret,flock of chaffinches, 6 little grebes,and more waders further out that we could not identify. 

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 6:32 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Braunton Marshes / Horsey

Just a few Redwing feasting on a berried Hawthorn tree on Braunton Marshes.

 Photo of Horsey at low tide looking towards Braunton in the distance.



Posted December 1st, 2020 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Goodrington, Torbay

The first winter drake scaup still present on the back of the boating lake early this afternoon, with tufted ducks. 

Scaup. 1st winter drake
Scaup. 1st winter drake
Tufted duck, female
Tufted duck, female

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 6:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay

A sweep of the Torbay beaches today produced : 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Paignton). From Broadsands 5 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 60+ auks. 2 pods (total of 16-18 )of Common Dolphins.

At least 18 Cirl Buntings and a female Yellowhammer on seed in the 2nd car park.

long-tailed Duck Paignton Dec 2020 ML

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 5:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram Park - Wagtails

At 15:40 today a pre-roost gathering of c.2 dozen Pied Wagtails, joined by about a dozen Goldfinches, in the 'parakeet tree' at the cycle track 27 junction above Blaxton Meadow.

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 5:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Cadover Bridge - 01-12-20

Very Distant Red Kite over Cadover Bridge area this morning, Redwings and Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker heard



Posted December 1st, 2020 at 3:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Low tide this morning produced: Great Northern Diver (juv), Little Grebe, 22 Wigeon, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, Shag & Grey Wagtail.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hawfinches at Longdown

Single birds seen on the 17th and 24th November at Perridge Estate. Unfortunately the estate is private but birds traditionally disperse around the estate 

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 3:10 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

Baggy Point this morning

Counted two rafts of 16 Common Scoter about a hundred metres off Baggy Point this morning.  In company with them were 2 adult winter Red Throated Loons and one 1st winter Guillimot. Heavily cropped Images, due to distance from subjects, attached for record purposes. 

Adult winter Red Throated Loon (Diver)
Adult winter Red Throated Loon (Diver)
Common Scoter (probably juvenile)
Common Scoter (probably juvenile)

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 2:35 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Mount Batten Breakwater

Close views of Great Northern Diver off South side of Breakwater, as reported yesterday.  Unfortunately the bird had a length of what looked like nylon fishing line hanging out of the end of its bill.  Such a shame!

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 12:57 pm by Jacki Solman in Bird News

Black Redstart - East Charleton

Female Black Redstart still around East Charleton, likely to be seen from time to time around the garage, it disappears that way when it leaves Home Farm where I see it from time to time.


Posted December 1st, 2020 at 12:40 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

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