General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

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, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Wrafton pond

Male Pochard, Male and female Shoveler the female Goldeneye still around and some Teal.

Male Shoveler Male Pochard Tufted Duck on Stover Lake
Male Shoveler                                       Male Pochard                 Tufted Duck on Stover Lake

Posted February 11th at 9:30 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Stover Lake

A good day out a Stover Lake. 4 M/F Mandarin duck. Coal/Marsh tit, Tree Creeper, and Tufted duck.

Tree Creeper Mandarin duck Coal/Marsh tit
Tree Creeper                                 Mandarin duck                         Eds: Marsh tit

Posted February 11th at 9:19 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Golden Plover.

I was out taking landscape photos on Dartmoor , near to Sharpitor , when a flock of Golden Plover flew by.


Posted February 11th at 7:30 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

South Devon Group

talk poster

Posted February 11th at 6:03 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dart's Farm

About 50 Fieldfare viewed from the hide at Dart's Farm today around 4 pm.

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted February 11th at 5:33 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Goosander counts

134 Goosanders were located in Devon around dawn on 8 Feb, cf. 146 in Jan. The total includes only nine on Dartmoor, where most sites were not covered. The main site was again Meeth with 56, followed by Tamar Lakes (32), Blue Waters (19), Plym Estuary (10), smaller numbers at Clovelly and Dartington and zero counts at Portworthy and Stover. Thanks to all who took part.

Posted February 11th at 3:25 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Garden Widworthy

Two more shots of Marsh / Willow Tit, if that helps i.d.
I’m presuming it’s the same bird!

 

Eds: it is a Marsh Tit see post below for details

Posted February 11th at 8:41 am by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

Monday 10th February 2020

Wrafton

The Collared Dove image that I've had trouble sending.

Collared Dove.
Collared Dove.

Posted February 10th at 12:44 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Sunday 9th February 2020

Stuartline Cruise 9th February 2020

Well, what an exhilarating and enjoyable cruise we all had today thanks to Skipper Jake and the Crew Lauren and Craig. With some birds keeping their heads down sheltering for the strong wind there was a good diverse number of birds throughout the estuary to be seen by the visitors.  Still with us the Red-Necked Grebe was fishing off Shelley Beach, the Slavonian Grebe put in an appearance off Cockwood and several Great Crested Grebes were fishing the lower reaches. Turnstones were seen in flight and feeding around Starcross. Bar-Tailed Godwits and Greenshank were seen feeding near the Ken confluence. Shelduck were out in numbers along with a few Widgeon and Pintail off Lympstone. With a guest appearance of Mike Langman as assistant spotter we picked out Grey Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and our first Avocets near the Clyst confluence. A Peregrine Falcon put in an appearance low over the mudflats heading towards Powderham Marsh then turned towards Stracross. A large flock of mixed Godwits mainly black-tailed were viewed further up the estuary and stayed as we cruised by. Avocets and mixed Gull flocks were seen all the way to Topsham with plenty of Red Breasted Mergansers seen along this stretch. A small flock of Lapwing finished off this memorable afternoon cruising.

Posted February 9th at 8:14 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Wrafton pond

The Collared Dove and Little Grebe that I saw on my way and on Wrafton pond on Thursday 6.

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted February 9th at 7:47 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Saturday 8th February 2020

Garden today, Widworthy

Willow Tit, (I think).

 

Eds: more likely Marsh Tit based on those two photos.. Buffy, grey back to  cheeks, very pale flanks and in 1st picture white spot on upper mandible along cutting edges.

Posted February 8th at 10:51 pm by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

Torbay Coast ~ Dartmoor

A mixed days birding, Berry Head this morning not overly busy with bird life, highlights being a pod of Common Dolphin below the headland followed by a smaller number of Harbour Porpoise. Plenty of Guillemot movement, several Fulmar and a Kittiwake.

Marine Parade, Preston, 41 Turnstone the most I have seen there and three flyby Oyster Catcher.

Livermead beach, large numbers of Black Headed Gull accompanied by an adult Mediterranean Gull and nine Turnstone on the beach.

Aish Ridge to Corringdon Ball (on Dartmoor above South Brent) apart from a mixed flock of some 200 mixed Corvids, mostly Jackdaws, very little bird life to be seen, a single Blackbird, a Wren, one Raven, a small number of Carrion Crow and a fly over Herring Gull. On leaving a female Sparrow hawk hunting the hedgerows of the agricultural land below the moor, I suspect she went hungry.

Sparrow sp

Back home around the garden feeders, female Reed Bunting, male Bullfinch, two Greenfinch, numerous House Sparrow and Chaffinch, the male Sparrow sp of undetermined origin came in several times, a Sparrow hawk cleared the feeders at one point.

Posted February 8th at 9:27 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Wrafton pond was a little quit today, at least it was between 13.00 and 14.30. Just a few Snipe on the far side to the pond viewed from the wooden walkway. The female Goldeneye, a couple of Gadwall and the Llittle Grebes are still around. In the field opposite the pond were a good number of Teal M & F. On my way to the pond, a Collared Dove was spotted in bushes near entrance to the path.

Female Goldeneye
Female Goldeneye

Two Snipe
Two Snipe

Posted February 8th at 9:04 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Stuartline Cruise 8th February 2020

A sunny day on todays cruise always helps to show off the birds on the Exe Estuary. What a start to this cruise was great views of the Red-necked Grebe. There was great excitement as visitors knew this was a special bird to see as they were told how rare this sighting was for them as the last time a Red Necked Grebe was seen in the Estuary was around 6 years ago. The Slavonian Grebe was also visible off Cockwood as we turned the bend at the Warren Wildlife Refuge mudflats. Several Great crested Grebe were seen on the way up stream towards Topsham with several starting to show the breeding plumage developing. Good views of Pintail in flight and at the waters edge. Great views of a young Grey Seal on a sandbank near the Clyst confluence. From this location to Topsham really large numbers of DB Brent Geese were seen at the waters edge and in the air, probably 1200+ were seen producing spectacular views for the visitors. Across the mudbanks both sides of the channel large numbers of Dunlin 500+ Black Tailed Godwits 500+ Golden Plover 500+ Avocets 300+ a sprinkling of Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Bar Tailed Godwit, Redshank, an odd Greenshank Shelduck, 6 Sanderling good numbers of Curlew and 30+ Knot. At least 20+ Red Breasted Mergansers were seen throughout the trip. A Peregrine made a distant appearance putting up 200+ Lapwing over Exminster Marsh. This turned out to be an exceptional cruise for the visitors and enjoyed by all.

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Grey Seal
Grey Seal

Posted February 8th at 7:38 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

0845-1410:

200+ Brent Geese, 300+ Wigeon, 100+ Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 7 Pintail, 4 Tufted duck, 2 Egyptian Geese (together with Canada geese), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier flew overhead.

Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Geese.

Posted February 8th at 7:12 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

32 Goosander 12m 20f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Tawny Owl,4 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted February 8th at 4:12 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

meeth quarry

a look around meeth reserve this morning, on the main lake , goosesanders, mallard, tufted, gadwal and teal,  great crested grebe, on the top lake, little grebe, a single ring neck duck with two tufted duck and three red crested pochard 2m and 1f. possibly the three pochards from velator.

Posted February 8th at 3:19 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Bowcombe Creek - Avocets

3 Avocets generally keeping together, a touch flighty but seen between the viewing platform and north of there where the 11kv power line crosses the creek between 09:30 and 10:00 this morning (Saturday). Almost certainly the same birds thought to have been seen from the bus crossing New Bridge yesterday morning (Friday)

Posted February 8th at 11:13 am by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Taw & Torridge Outdoor Meeting Cancelled

Meeting cancelled. Sunday 9 February meeting has been cancelled due to the adverse weather report.

Posted February 8th at 11:06 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

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