Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2020

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Monday 21st September 2020

Hummingbird Hawkmoth still active in Braunton

On the valerian flowers in St Brannocks churchyard on the wall by the Caen River we found this Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding  mainly on the red flowers not the pink. Saw it fly off at speed after feeding for a few minutes but luckily saw where it landed high in a nearby tree hence the at rest image. 

Hummingbird Hawkmoth on red valerian
Hummingbird Hawkmoth on red valerian
Hummingbird Hawkmoth at rest
Hummingbird Hawkmoth at rest

Posted September 21st at 9:31 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Other Wildlife

West Charleton Marsh

3 cattle Egrets still present this evening. Also Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper. About 3000 Swallows gathered towards dusk but did not roost here, probably went to Torcross. Water Rails calling and Snipe flying around as it was getting dark.

Posted September 21st at 9:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Buzzards over Plymouth

Six buzzards circling together over Plymouth at mid day near the Parkway flyover heading north

Posted September 21st at 8:56 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Fernworthy forest bird hide


Posted September 21st at 6:20 pm by Alan salter in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

The Pill , 2 Glossy Ibis ( both in flight ) - 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfishers & 20 + Dunlins .

Saltpill Duck Pond - 15+ Little Egrets & 7 Cattle Egrets .

Home Farm Marsh - 24+ Greenshanks , 1 Ruff & 2 Spoonbills.

Posted September 21st at 3:46 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Today's tally inc.Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 150 Skylark, 170 Meadow Pipit, 330 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker in the willows, 7 Wheatear, 22 Stonechat, Bullfinch, 70 Goldfinch & 90 Linnet.

Non-avian: 7 Clouded Yellow & 440 Large White.

Posted September 21st at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 3 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Crossbills , 1 Redpoll, 41 Siskin, 57 Linnets, 3 Chaffinch, 28 Goldfinch, 43 Meadow Pipits, 12 'alba' Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails. Grounded migrants included 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap..

Also a pod of 10+ Common Dolphin off the headland.

Posted September 21st at 10:41 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam at dawn

At Avon Dam this morning 11 red-head Goosanders spent 30 mins preening on the shore before departing at 0733. First double-figure count of autumn. In the photo the second from right bird shows thin white 'eye-stripe' indicative of juv. Also 12 Teal and one Common Sand. Below the dam at Long-a-Traw, two Ring Ouzels (prob ad female and juv) following other September records of four at Emsworthy yesterday and a juv in the Glaze valley on 6th. Spotted Flycatcher below Brent Hill yesterday.

Goosanders at Avon Dam.
Goosanders at Avon Dam.

Posted September 21st at 10:41 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Sunday 20th September 2020


3 Cattle Egret in amongst cattle early evening

Posted September 20th at 11:40 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Taw Estuary

From my WeBS sector this morning on the Taw Estuary (Chivenor foreshore, Caen mouth, Sherpa Marsh): at least 1 probably 2 Great White Egrets, a Cattle Egret, an Osprey eating a fish on one of the old barns at Horsey Island, 9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (given the recent NE winds, more likely to be overshoots from the Svalbard population, rather than from the Canadian High Arctic population), 7 Pintail, very good numbers of Wigeon for this early stage of the autumn, and 26 Mediterranean Gulls. Also 3 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats perched in a single hawthorn and steady overhead southbound passage of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Swallows.

Posted September 20th at 9:40 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Huish to Bantham

On South Huish 1 little Stint, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plover. along coastal footpath and beaches 14 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin & 14 Ringed Plover.

Yesterday along short stretch of Dart Estuary footpaths  12+ Firecrest and 7 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 20th at 9:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Firecrest and Crossbills in Burrator Area

A Firecrest in my garden in Dousland, near Yelverton today. Nice party of 18 Crossbills at Burrator Reservoir yesterday and 10 today.

The Firecrest was in a large holly bush. A good number of the Firecrests I’ve seen in Devon have been in holly....they obviously like it in there!

Posted September 20th at 7:56 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Osprey on the Dart

Whilst attemping to  do a very reduced WEBS survey this morning around 10.30 with a very high tide.looked up to Sandridge through the scope from Galmpton mill creek, and on the left hand bare tree there was an osprey sitting. good views through the scope, although camera could not quite catch all the details from that far away. but a very exciting morning.

Posted September 20th at 7:06 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Exeter Garden


1 Grey Wagtail (EX4)

Posted September 20th at 6:26 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wembury Point

Low-ish tide 16:00. On the beach 10+ Ringed Plover along with 10+ Dunlin and 2 first winter Wheatear. On the rocks 2 Curlew, 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit, 10+ Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher and the individual Knot still present. On the walk up, strangely quiet for the time of year, probably due to heavy footfall and the time of day, 2 Chiffchaff and a Kestrel. 

Posted September 20th at 4:57 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Between 10a.m-11.30a.m.this morning a number of Swallows & House  Martins, in small groups, About 80 in total, all heading north.

Posted September 20th at 4:37 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Ring Ouzels on Dartmoor

4 Ring Ouzels seen between Haytor & Houndtor at 1pm today. Settled in rowan tree before being disturbed..

Posted September 20th at 3:57 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Lopwell dam

This morning : 

4 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven and 1 Sparrowhawk flew over.

Posted September 20th at 3:37 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

River Taw off of Isley Marsh

A single Osprey spotted above the river Taw heading towards Isley Marsh at 08:00 this morning. A flock of 160 Redshank were on the high tide line beside Fremington Limekilns and 2 Shoveller and  a flock of 40+ Little Egret where on Fremington Salt pill 

Posted September 20th at 3:05 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

After spotting possibly 2 Ring Ouzels yesterday, returned today early and was rewarded with 4 Birds with another possible 2 further down the valley. More on my Blog

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted September 20th at 2:51 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News


20+ fieldfare in the treetops near Longash garden centre at 10.45

Posted September 20th at 1:26 pm by Deborah Neylon in Bird News

Weare Giffard , R. Torridge

Great Egret on flooded meadows on this mornings high tide during the Webs Count.

Posted September 20th at 12:56 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Yesterday’s Wigeon, 2 Kingfishers, my first Common Gull of the autumn here (1st-w) & 6 Greenshanks on Blaxton Meadow on this morning’s very high tide. Also, 4 Common Sandpipers,  4 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Siskins, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Fox & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 20th at 12:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 19th September 2020

Ilfracombe Capstone Point

Lunchtime 1 or 2 Great Skuas were loitering close to feeding Porpoise, they then broke up a flock of 100 Black headed gulls and predated one of them. There seems to be a lot of Great BBgulls taken up residence, regularly numbers up to 30, at least 2 with red Davic rings. 2 Black Redstarts have arrived along the Landmark car park seen bickering with Rock Pipits and Robins. 

I checked through the Gulls at Barnstaple Old Bridge, I found 2 ringed Black headed Gulls. One from Hiddensee German western Baltic the other from Meriden west midlands. 

Black-headed Gulls
Black-headed Gulls

Posted September 19th at 11:28 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Flock of 70 Common Sandpiper flying over the lake plus 1 Scaup,  3 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit. 

Posted September 19th at 10:45 pm by Paul Howrihane in Bird News

Braunton marshes

Looking towards Saunton sands hotel from The White House al lone Hobby as well as a variety of Egrets,ages Dunlin, a Red shank,4 Shell duck,Sparrow hawk,House Martin, Swallows 2 Curlew 

Posted September 19th at 9:27 pm by Kevin Lymer in Bird News

Cattle Egret numbers on the rise Braunton Marsh

Heading out around the Great Field this evening hoping to spot some of the Cattle Egret recently reported by Rob & Jon we were rewarded with views of eleven! including this confiding adult which sat calmly for its portrait taken from the car. As their name suggests...they were in a field with grazing cows! 

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted September 19th at 8:39 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank amongst Common Redshank, a single Greenshank, Little Egrets and a Glossy ibis this afternoon.

Posted September 19th at 8:36 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

While packing up to go home from R.Caen via the Marshes Phil & Sue

informed me that there were now 11 Cattle Egrets! They were right.

Posted September 19th at 7:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth, off Mudbank

450+ Wigeon, 2 Pale-bellied and 11 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 3 Whimbrel, 1 G.C.Grebe & 48 Swans feeding on the eel-grass beds

Posted September 19th at 6:21 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Focusing on Dragonflies, currently a lot of aerial mating activity going on which from a photographic point of view is particulary challenging!

However, managed at last to pin down a mating pair of Common Darters.

Posted September 19th at 4:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Saunton Village

1 Red Kite seen over the village at 12:00 today

Posted September 19th at 1:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Marsh: 5 Curlew Sandpiper, ad Ruff, 2 Avocet, 1 Snipe, c25 Lapwing, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler. Viewing platform: redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goldcrest. 

Posted September 19th at 11:13 am by Reuben Veal in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen this morning in the area were 39 Curlew, 6 Greenshank, 187 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wigeon with the Mallard, 5 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Green & GS Woodpecker.

Posted September 19th at 10:43 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Gaia Trust

Friday - late post.TWO Glossy Ibis at the top of Fremington Creek at 3.30 today and both roosting with the Little Egrets at 6.30.The newcomer looks to be brown. A juvenile? No sign of the second Great White Egret on Home Marsh Farm scrape at 5pm but good views of the other from the bird hide. Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reeds at Salt Pill pond.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 19th at 9:45 am by Sue Ambler in Bird News


900 Starling left the reedbed roost near the Start Bay Inn this morning.

Posted September 19th at 9:03 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 18th September 2020

Home Farm Marsh scrape

Not one, but TWO Great White Egret today on the scrape at Home Farm Marsh. Also counted 10 Greenshank on Fremington Pill which is more than we normally see. A flock of about 30 Wigeon flew past us as we walked back from the marsh up the Taw towards Fremington Quay before about turning and flying back down river towards Horsey Island marsh. Kingfisher fishing from the outfall sluice from the Nature Reserve. 

Two Great White Egret on the left with Little Egret on the right
Two Great White Egret on the left with Little Egret on the right
Closer view of the two GW Egrets
Closer view of the two GW Egrets

Posted September 18th at 9:56 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

6 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes on the way to R.Caen but none on the way back early evening.

On R.Caen 213 Dunlin & amongst them 4 Curlew Sandpipers.

Posted September 18th at 7:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Warleigh Point

Osprey this morning


Posted September 18th at 4:12 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Velator reserve and quay

Forgot to mention that there was a rather noisy pair of Ravens in the reserve this morning, attracting the attention of loads of Jackdaws.

On the ride back from the Marsh I stopped to look in the recently ploughed field across the road from Velator harbour and car park. I counted at least 40 Pied / White Wagtails.

Posted September 18th at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

2 Glossy Ibis between 7.45am and 9.15am but only one came down to feed. 18.9.2020

Posted September 18th at 4:07 pm by Pete Rodgers in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Very little about after the storm conditions of the previous night.  22Turnstones, 2Second year Great black-backed gulls,6Oystercatchers  Several Rock Pipits, 2 Shags passing through, 3 Great black-backed gulls and lone Robin directly above where my wife and I were sitting.

Posted September 18th at 2:17 pm by Len Norrish in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Quick ride out to the round Linhay and found one, then 2 Cattle Egrets. Carried a short way and on my return looked properly at the Egrets to find one was a Cattle Egret and the other a Little Egret!

Posted September 18th at 12:41 pm by jon turner in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

Forgot to mention there was a single Snipe calling overhead yesterday late aft over the R.Caen & 2 Snipe which flew up from the field with the Cattle Egrets early evening.

Posted September 18th at 11:38 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 17th September 2020

clifden nonpareil

fantastic huge moth on kitchen window in longdown tonight.

Posted September 17th at 11:04 pm by john jones in Other Wildlife

R.Caen Braunton Marshes

Cycled down to R.Caen on incoming tide with the scope.

No sign of the Osprey on the metal post but a Cormorant instead. Then a flock of Brent Geese flew in & landed near the flight gantry. Taking advantage of the strong currents associated with the spring tide they swam into Horsey Island, On the way home 7 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes.

Posted September 17th at 9:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Curlew with Oystercatchers along the beach at Wembury Point this morning on the dropping tide. Around 30 Mediterranean Gulls (5 juveniles) amongst the roosting gulls out on the rocks.

4 Wheatear and a Whitethroat noted along with a Chiffchaff and a pair of Blackcap and around 100 Swallow moving east in a steady trickle over a 2 hour period and including 2 Sand Martin.

Plenty of Red Admiral feeding up on ivy Blossom, a Painted Lady (first sighting of one this year in Devon) and a Clouded Yellow also seen. 

Posted September 17th at 5:57 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Marldon - Red Kite

Red Kite seen drifting over the church in Marldon about 1.30pm today, closely pursued by a Buzzard. About 15 minutes later a Kestrel flew overhead. 

Posted September 17th at 4:34 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Velator/river Caen

Highlight of brief visit to the Reserve was a small Grass snake, racing to get away from me! The river this afternoon had 1 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover and 40 or so Dunlin some which were mingling with Black-headed Gull flock, and included a Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 17th at 4:30 pm by jon turner in Bird News

shaugh prior to cadover

a lovely circular walk up the vally over the rocks up to cadover and around back, during this walk seen g.swoodpecker, 20+nutchatch,  stonechats, linnets, swallows, house martins, ravens, a startled group of pheasants, pair of buzzards, kestrel, grey wagtails, dipper, meadow pips 

Posted September 17th at 4:10 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well at Fremington Pill today

Posted September 17th at 3:36 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 0730-1230, NE4-5 cloudy clearing: 28 Balearic Shearwaters ( group of 11), 11 Arctic Skuas, Great Skua, European Storm-petrel, 22 Common Scoter, juv Common Gull, 6 Sandwich Terns, c150 Kittiwakes, 30 Auks (mostly Razorbill), 2+ Harbour Porpoise, 20+ Common Dolphins (feeding under Gannets). Also a passage of 172 Swallows over the sea in 1st hour.
Common ScotersBalearic Shearwater Common Scoters                                                             Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 17th at 3:22 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Flock of Starlings social distancing on top of Hawthorn Bush!

Adult & juvenile Cattle Egret.

Posted September 17th at 3:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the early morning high tide: 180 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, 39 Curlews, 22 Little Egrets & a Kingfisher. Also, Whinchat, 3 Stonechats, 6+ Siskins over & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted September 17th at 9:20 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Velator Reserve/Caen river

Caught and ringed another Kingfisher this morning. A juvenile female again. Also of note 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Song Thrush and an adult female Bullfinch - the mother of the juveniles I have been catching lately?

Got a text from Andy Lansdell this evening which had me hurrying to meet him at the mouth of the Caen. I hope he will post a picture of the resulting Osprey later. Smart Wheatear too. Thanks for the heads up on the Curlew Sandpiper Dave - we saw one (a summer plumage bird no less!) in Somerset on 12th July.

Posted September 16th at 8:46 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Quick look at the Cattle egrets and counted 8 (group of 7 and a single), then on to Horsey Island where Rob Jutsam and my wishes came true as we saw a very distant Osprey. Two ruff, 2 greenshank, 2 dunlin, 2 little owl, 2 Wheatear were the supporting cast.

Distant Osprey
Distant Osprey
Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Posted September 16th at 8:40 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Preston Beach, Paignton.

A total of 6 Dunlin were spread around the rocks this afternoon.


Posted September 16th at 5:37 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

East Soar

A good day's tally inc.Firecrest at Starehole Ponds along with 2 Reed Warbler & Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 21 Wheatear, 180 Swallow, 230 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, Sparrowhawk and migrant Buzzard gaining height and moving high to the north.

Non-avian highlights: Hornet Robber Fly, 174 Large White & Clouded Yellow.

Posted September 16th at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon at the Pill , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfishers , 7 Greenshanks , 2 Dunlins & one for Jon Turner a Curlew Sandpiper ( thanks Gordon ) 

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 16th at 4:37 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Coastal footpath - Prawle car park to Pigs Nose Valley. 07:45 – 12:00.

Very little the reserve at Prawle however, roosting on the Coastguard Cottages roofs, on the power lines/ telephone lines and flying around was well over 500 Hirundinidaes. At least 350 House Martins and 150 Swallows. In the fields to the West of Lookout were 6 Wheatears. Pigs Nose Valley was full of warblers with many Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and at least 10 Whitethroats. The majority of the martins/swallows had departed by 12:00.

Posted September 16th at 3:53 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Egret Roosting Powderham Park Estate

Sorry for late post but thought worth posting. Powderham Park Exe Estuary has become quiet a haunt for Little Egret roost but at midday yesterday while scanning trees for a reported Osprey, 3 Cattle Egret were seen roosting in an Oak Tree there may have been more hidden from view.So if they’re not with the cattle around the Estuary check the trees in Powderham. Kingfisher seen fishing near Turf Lock prey Prawns for lunch.

Prawn Lunch
Prawn Lunch
3 Cattle Egret at Powderham Park
3 Cattle Egret at Powderham Park

Posted September 16th at 3:17 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Saltpill pond and Gaia trust.

From the Tarka trail this morning , 3 Cattle Egrets feeding around the Black Cattle. The Great Egret flew from Saltpill pond towards Isley.  The marshy area around Saltpill held several Snipe and a calling Water Rail. Glossy Ibis nearby on Fremington Pill.    On both journeys a roosting Male Peregrine on Torridge bridge.

Posted September 16th at 12:09 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Cattle Egrets, Braunton Marsh

Nice to see 6 cattle Egrets on the Marsh today, including at least one juvenile with dark beak.

Posted September 16th at 6:33 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Braunton Cattle Egrets

Nice to see adult and juveniles together this evening.

Posted September 15th at 11:01 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News


Highlight of an afternoon walk was a Yellow Wagtail heard and then seen in flight briefly from Old Way.

Posted September 15th at 8:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Labrador Bay

An evening visit in the hope of finding an Ortolan was largely thrawted by the largest field no longer being a stubble. Around 15 Cirl Bunting and a vocal Green Woodpecker were to be expected but a Short-eared Owl was definitely not. Presumably disturbed from its roost by mobbing Blackbirds and Magpies it flew south across the valley before perching up in a dead tree.

Some excellent arable plants in the southern most arable field with masses of Field Woundwort and Weasel's-Snout as well as Corn Spurrey and Sharp-leaved Fluellen. Also plenty of Small-flowered Catchfly from the clearly very succesful Back from the Brink reintroduction

Posted September 15th at 8:26 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Cattle egrets Braunton marsh

Six cattle egrets on Braunton marsh this evening. In the field near the Linhay.

Posted September 15th at 7:30 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Now 6 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes.

Posted September 15th at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


2+ Curlew Sands, 9 Grey Plover and Osprey highlights from Bowling Green viewpoint 

Posted September 15th at 6:14 pm by Reuben Veal in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 12:45-15:15. Little wind, 100% cloud cover so good for cetaceans in theory, where: c15 Harbour Porpoises and c80 Common Dolphins (in several groups with young, some hassled by 2 jet skis, others by a speed boat). Bird-wise quiet, but an Arctic Skua, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 distant unidentified mid-sized shearwaters, c40 Kittiwakes, 14 Cormorants (migrating south), but best of all a Black Tern feeding mid-range!

Posted September 15th at 5:55 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Highlights were an Ortolan Bunting which flew up Stare Hole valley at 10.00, calling (but I couldn’t relocate it) & my first Firecrest of the autumn (in East Soar willows). Also, 80 Siskins over (probably many more), Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Grey Wagtails, 18 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, c100 each of House Martins & Swallows, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Bullfinch.

Posted September 15th at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

6 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 7 Canada Geese.

Posted September 15th at 2:41 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, 14 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps ,1 Willow  Warbler. 1 Spotted Flycatcher and the Cetti's Warbler. Nearby 2 Yellow Wagtails with the cattle and overhead a lone Swift heading South.

Willow Warbler.
Willow Warbler.

Posted September 15th at 12:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

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