Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th September 2020

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Wednesday 30th September 2020

Prawle Point

From Tony Marchese
 
I had a good seawatch today 7.05am till 3pm in SSW/SW/WSW winds force 5-6/gusting to 8 at times!
 
Sabine's Gull- adult moutling/adult winter-at 8.46am going west
214 Balearic shearwaters
6 Sooty Shearwaters
Zero Manxies
8 Arctic Skuas west and  1 east
2 Bonxies
291 Kittiwakes west (only one immature)
 

Posted September 30th at 8:52 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

06:55-18:25: Leach’s Storm-petrel @13:45 (very rare at this site!), 19 European Storm-petrels, 29 Sooty Shearwaters, 75 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, Pom/Arctic, 122 Arctic Skuas, 17 Bonxies, 12 Sandwich Terns, Arctic Tern (juv), 6 Common Terns, c400 Kitts, 432 Auks, Great Northern Diver. Also light passage of Swallows in front of the heavy rain. Cetaceans: 4+ Harbour Porpoise and distant Common Dolphins.

Some video footage taken by Mike Langman of one of the Sooty Shearwaters catching up with some Balearic Shearwaters here: https://youtu.be/GmhEwaTT75s 

Posted September 30th at 8:24 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

Photos by Stewart Beer, relating to post on 28/9/20

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Posted September 30th at 5:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point & Widmouth Head

A late post for yesterday, Tue 29 Sep:

I spent the mainly sunny and almost windless morning (06.55 to 11.50) monitoring visible/audible migration, mainly of passerines, and looking landwards for much of the time. If the albatross seen at 08.30 off Hurlstone Pt (Somerset), about 35km E of Widmouth Hd, flew past me within range of eyes or optics, I missed it! It was nevertheless an excellent morning. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew steadily due W and quite high up, well out over the Bristol Channel at 10.35 – I lost it to scope view at 50x with Lundy in the same field of view. Much more surprising was a first-winter Iceland Gull that flew E (interspersed with a steady eastbound stream of mainly first-winter Herring Gulls) at 11.30.

A pulse of Swallow migration off the sea at 08.30 was followed by much more sustained southbound passage from 11.00 onwards; total = 198. Also 9 Skylark, 3 alba wagtails, 63 Meadow Pipit, 27 Chaffinch, 44 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin. Few grounded night migrants in the scrub, just 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 3 Song Thrush. Other apparently dispersing/migrant birds included single Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Coal Tit.

Posted September 30th at 4:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

S. Hallsands.

Before the rain set in ,14 Chiffchaffs. 7 Blackcaps and 6 Robins. I was hoping for Goldcrests but no sign . Still a little on the early side.

1st. Yr. Robin.
1st. Yr. Robin.

Posted September 30th at 1:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier hunting over the marsh near Turf Locks early this morning. 

Posted September 30th at 12:46 pm by Paul Thearle in Bird News

Branscombe and Sidmouth

Stonechat on Branscombe cliff and Dipper on river Sid

Stonechat
Stonechat
Dipper
Dipper

Posted September 30th at 8:40 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

pics missing from previous post in gallery

Posted September 30th at 7:11 am by stewart beer in Bird News

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Barnstaple - Yelland

Walked the railway today. Highlights were Glossy Ibis and Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill, four Cattle Egret on the Gaia Trust farm, and a Spoonbill asleep at Isley. Also present were five Grey Plover, twenty or so Barwits, and a dozen or more Swallows feeding, but not moving on, over Penhill Marsh.

Posted September 29th at 8:46 pm by James Camden in Bird News

The river Plym at Marsh Mills

This afternoon I watched a Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper and  a Grey Wagtail on the opposite bank of the River Plym between the Plymouth Road bridge and the overpass at Marsh Mills. Images not as sharp as they could be due to the distance..

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 29th at 8:15 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Osprey - Bere Peninsula

Cycled over to Kingsmill Lake where, after an unsuccessful fishing attempt with a big splash, an Osprey rose up high before crossing the Tamar and appeared to head up towards Lopwell Dam.

Posted September 29th at 8:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Velator again

Sorry, forgot to mention that there were several Black-headed Gulls chasing insects (ants?) over the reserve a few times this morning and with then was a Mediterranean Gull. Plus - first time I've seen Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the reserve too. By the Caen - a Clouded Yellow Butterfly. First this year.

Posted September 29th at 7:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator/River Caen

Ringing this morning was good if you like Great-spotted Woodpeckers - I caught 4, only one had a ring on (2018). Also of note: 3 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Wood Pigeon, retrap Kingfisher. Song Thrush and Goldcrest seen but not gracing the nets. First time I have seen a Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the reserve. Later on walked down the Toll road and found 30 Dunlin, 6 or so Redshank, And my first Clouded Yellow this year.

Posted September 29th at 5:04 pm by jon turner in Bird News

29-09-20 Radford Lake

Kingfishers showing well at Radford Lake - 2 male & 2 female also the usual Heron showing well on it's perch, by the ruined boat house



Posted September 29th at 4:23 pm by Gregory Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar

Glorious weather so predictably hard work! Best were Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the Warren, 2 migrant Coal Tit at Starehole Ponds (rare here), first Goldcrest of the autumn, 11 White Wagtail, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 330 Meadow Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 14 Chiffchaff & 570 Herring Gull. 

Non-avian: 3 Southern Hawker, Clouded Yellow & 5 Wall Brown.

Posted September 29th at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ridgeway care home

been sprucing up voluntary a local care home garden in plympton, including a range of feeders.  we now have visiting today, blue/great/coal/long tail tits, a charm of goldfinch, adults and juv. robins, blackbirds, sparrows, dunnocks, gs woodpecker, jays, hedgehogs, magpie family, and all this has got the attention of a pair of sparrowhawks, seen both male and female over past week.

Posted September 29th at 2:51 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Monday 28th September 2020

coast path Thatcher Rock

Wheatear “running” along the path, buzzard hovering overhead in the wind

Posted September 28th at 9:22 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Exminster Marshes Sunday 27th Sept

Very quiet around the reserve on Sunday, a lone peregrine using a pylon as a lookout post on the far side of the railway track. At the end of the walk heading back to the car park from the canal , thrilled to see a female marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds and fields, disturbing a startled heron, as she dropped into the reeds momentarily.

Posted September 28th at 9:14 pm by Simon Voysey in Bird News

Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe

This morning 3 Mistle Thrush were around the Church yard. Late afternoon off Ilfracombe Pier a Juv Pomarine Skua followed in a fishing trawler then headed west down channel. 2 Little Egrets were on Larkstone beach alongside the Herring Gulls. 

Posted September 28th at 8:40 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first returning Snipe & Shelduck of the autumn brightened up a rather dull afternoon. Also, 6 Greenshanks, Dunlin, 10 Oystercatchers, 13 Turnstones & 3 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted September 28th at 6:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Hams, late post for Sunday

200 Swallows over A379 west of Kingsbridge, 50 Swallows between  East and West Charleton, 300 Swallows Torcross all flying north till 6pm then all south, maybe roosting at Widdecombe Ley or Hallsands reedbeds. 6 Comic Tern off Torcross.

Posted September 28th at 6:14 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

With pretensions of being a snow bunting this house sparrow is to be seen in a flock of 20-30 of its kind visiting gardens at Furze, near Chittlehampton 

Posted September 28th at 4:55 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Wembury

A feeding pod of c.20 Common Dolphin offshore this morning attracted in a feeding frenzy of Gulls and Gannets along with a small dark Skua Sp. and c.23 Shearwater Sp.- too distant to ID (no telescope with me). Eventually the Dolphins moved off west with the Shearwaters following in a line low over the water. 

Waders still present along the beach at Wembury Point on the incoming tide - 4 Grey Plover still, now 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone and a Dunlin with 4 Curlew and Oystercatchers. 2 Little Egret, 4 male and a female Mallard and a Wheatear also seen.

37 Mediterranean Gulls (14 1st winters) roosting on the rocks before all flying off east as the tide came in. 

58 Canada Geese resting in the stubble field. GSWoodpecker heard in the pine trees at The Point again. Stonechat and Cirl Bunting showing well along the coast path along with a pair of Blackcap. Noticeable increase in Meadow Pipit in the fields. Great Wagtail and Kestrel over. 

Posted September 28th at 4:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wembury

Among the rock pools this morning were 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover and 4 Mediterranean gulls on the fringes of Wembury point. 

Posted September 28th at 3:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East Soar

Today's tally inc.Sparrowhawk, 120 Skylark, 450 Meadow Pipit, 20 Alba Wagtail (inc.7+White), 9 Swallow, 28 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 29 Chiffchaff, 300 Linnet & 9 Siskin W.

Missed out on a reported Ring Ouzel.

Posted September 28th at 3:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Drake Gadwall and a Wigeon on Wrafton Pond this morning. Velator reserve had  calling Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers.  There has been a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape for the last couple of days, but not this morning.

Posted September 28th at 1:57 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Chaddlewood, Plympton

21 Goldfinch gathered in my Ash tree at the top of my garden, having been absent from my feeders for almost six weeks

Posted September 28th at 12:34 pm by Leonard Norrish in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Along the Pill this morning there were 105 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Little Egret and overhead at 11am there were a dozen Redwing.

Posted September 28th at 11:59 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Goldfinches in Colebrook

At 9:30am a charm of 24++ Goldfinches, mostly juveniles, visited my silver birch. At times the activity was so great the ripe seeds fell like snow. Also briefly a single Chiffchaff with the usual tits.

Goldfinch juv
Goldfinch juv

Posted September 28th at 10:19 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sunday 27th September 2020

Sousson's Plantation

A one or two year old Red Deer stag at Ephraim's Pinch around 4:00pm against the light.

Young Red Deer Stag
Young Red Deer Stag

Posted September 27th at 11:05 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Other Wildlife

Sousson's to Vitifers

A quiet afternoon with very few birds showing. Around two dozen Coal Tits only birds until we found a feeding flock of 8+ Siskins with two Goldfinch. Two Jays. Heard several, but saw only one Crossbill over. Only singles of Chiffchaff, Great Tit & Chaffinch seen!

Posted September 27th at 10:46 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

S Hallsands to Lannacombe

Birds on walk: 1 Short-eared Owl > W, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 10+ Siskin, 400+ Swallows, 200+ House Martins and 1 Sand Martin.

Other wildlife included 25+ Clouded Yellow Butterflies including 2 helice types, hundreds of Whites over the low coastal fields too also 15 Grey Seals

Posted September 27th at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Swanpool

Southern Hawker showing signs of wear & tear.



Posted September 27th at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Swanpool

Southern Hawker showing signs of wear & tear having a well deserved rest. It was eyeballing me the whole time I was photographing it.



Posted September 27th at 5:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,16 Chiffchaffs. 9 Blackcaps. 8 Robins. 15 Chaffinches ( not the local residents) and overhead the first Woodpigeon flock of the autumn ( 30 +)  flying west into the wind.

Posted September 27th at 5:34 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a sunny Sunday: 

6 Greenshank, 6 Teal, 2 Common sandpiper, 8 Black tailed Godwit flew over to Kingsmill lake at high tide, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great spotted woodpecker flew over.

Posted September 27th at 4:43 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham aboard Kelly's Hero was a bit rough so went down the coast towards Dartmouth. Had some very good sightings of dark morph Artic Skua and pale morph Artic Skua( pictures to follow) 150+ Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, few small finch like birds and a few Swallows. Had a further two Skua but these could well have been the same two we saw earlier. Further trips in October.

Arctic Skua N Smallbones Arctic Skua N Smallbones

Posted September 27th at 4:05 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Soar

A fine but quiet day. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Siskins, Redpoll  (presumed Lesser), 3 Song Thrushes, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps & a Hare.

Posted September 27th at 2:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for Saturday 26th. In addition to Rob's earlier post: 1 Pied Flycatcher at the top of the Goat Track, 1 Grasshopper Warbler in Stare Hole and at least two Sand Martins and an additional Wheatear up by the airfield. 

Posted September 27th at 12:17 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 26th September 2020

Wrafton pond

This afternoon for a couple of hours at Wrafton pond where these photos were taken. 1 Pochard (male) and three awaiting id.

Duck
Duck (Wigeon)
Male Pochard
Male Pochard

Posted September 26th at 9:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

2kingfishers,1bartailed godwit,6 greenshank 1 glossy ibis, 8 dunlin 1 common sandpiper,numerous redshank, goldcrest and 4 little egret.

Kingfisher.
Kingfisher.
Bartailed Godwit.
Bartailed Godwit.

Posted September 26th at 7:27 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Velator

A week away so interested to see if anything around. Male Sparrowhawk in the reserve, and out on the scrape a pair of Swans one of which (the pen I think) is sporting yellow rings on both legs! This pair have been in residence all summer, and this is the first time I have seen these rings. Also there 1 Little Egret, 2 Cattle Egrets and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted September 26th at 7:02 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Rather quiet on this afternoon’s high tide but logged: adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Greenshanks, 2 Stonechats & 8 Roe Deers. 

Posted September 26th at 6:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlight totals 0720-1200hrs: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 29 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Stonechat. Overhead: 27 Siskin, 2 Crossbills, 3 Skylark.

Posted September 26th at 5:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet just Wheatear, 70 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 170 Meadow Pipit, 14 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, 7 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 26th at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

N . Hallsands.

The first Goldcrests of the autumn ringed this morning ,with 8 around the site . Also present 10 Chiffchaffs. 2 Blackcaps .1 Reed Warbler ,1 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Cetti's Warblers . Overhead a very smart male Peregrine circling effortlessly .

1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.

Posted September 26th at 12:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area of Dartmoor

1 Whinchat (Trowlesworthy), 1 Goosander, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker the highlights 

Goosander
Goosander

Posted September 26th at 10:18 am by Chris E in Bird News

Torcross

Good numbers of Swallows and House Martins feeding over a sunny sheltered east facing hillside, 45 -50 of each species.

Posted September 26th at 9:19 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 25th September 2020

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond at this morning's ringing session ,16 Chiffchaffs. 4 Blackcaps ,and overhead several small groups of Chaffinches, moving West into the wind. Nearby 60 + Meadow Pipits on the airfield.

1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.

Posted September 25th at 6:22 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

High tide roost this afternoon:

15 Grey heron, 156+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 34 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean gull, 2 Mandarin, 1 Little grebe, 1 Kingfisher. Swallows and House martins over the fields, 3 Ring necked Parakeet squawking in the trees.

Posted September 25th at 5:32 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Torcross

750 Starling left the reedbed roost this morning, Clouded Yellow near the Chapel this afternoon.

Posted September 25th at 3:07 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Thursday 24th September 2020

Prawle Point Seawatch - 11:40 -14:40

Even more disappointing than Pete's day at Berry Head, my day at Prawle only gave 5 Balearic Shearwaters with 17 Manx, 113 Gannets and 1 Razorbill and no skuas of any type.

Posted September 24th at 8:12 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 06.50 - 11.10

A rather disappointing watch this morning: 22 Balearic Shearwaters, Arctic Skua, 3 Skua sp, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Scoters, adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 Harbour Porpoises & 5 Common Dolphins. Also, 8 Siskins & a Grey Wagtail over. One observer was soldiering on after I left so combined totals higher.

Posted September 24th at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torcross.

A Large Ranunculus moth at the outside light this morning.

Large Ranunculus .
Large Ranunculus .

Posted September 24th at 2:45 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Torcross

111 Coots and 5 Tufted Duck Slapton Ley, Torcross end, finches flying south between rain.

Posted September 24th at 11:43 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 2 Redpoll, 29 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 78 Meadow Pipits, 2 'alba' wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit - and 2 Balearic Shearwaters in a very short seawatch more later hopefully from the seawatchers..

Posted September 24th at 9:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cormorant, 1f Greater Scaup, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Wren, 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted September 23rd at 7:57 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torcross

1200 Starling into reedbed roost next to the ducker, good murmuration prior.

Posted September 23rd at 7:02 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish W today 19 Pale-bellied Brents, 14 Common Scoter (10M), 2 Eider, 9+ Sandwich Terns; 620 Oystercatcher; 313+ Dunlin; 73+ Ringed Plover; 13 Grey Plover; 2 Wheatear best of it. Few Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff & 4 Blackcap. 60+ Linnet and 100+ Goldfinch. 

Posted September 23rd at 6:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Berrynarbor

The first Autumn sighting of a  Firecrest  in the garden this morning.

Posted September 23rd at 5:34 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Torcross to Hallsands

8 Stonechat at Beesands in the wild area between the Ley and beach, 2 Stonechat and one Clouded Yellow Tinsey Head, Hallsands.

Still plenty of darters and hawkers at the Leys.

Constant southerly movement of Swallows between the showers.

Posted September 23rd at 3:59 pm by Stephen Wadsworth 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 23rd at 1:34 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 24 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallows, 2 Alba Wagtails & 1 Grey Wagtail

Grounded migrants: 24 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest.

Also 3 Stonechat and a pod of 12+ Common Dolphin off the headland.

Posted September 23rd at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torcross

65 Swallows south at 10 am just prior to heavy rain.

Posted September 23rd at 10:47 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Exe Estuary Tuesday

Numerous pied wagtails and starlings with cattle in field north of cycle bridge.  Also managed to pick out one immature yellow wagtail.  Kingfisher flew up river and perched on jetty at Turf. Peregrine flew over near Powderham Church. At least six little egrets roosting in tree at high tide near turf.

Posted September 23rd at 9:56 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

heddons mouth

driving back from heddons mouth aprox 6.15pm came across a small flock of fieldfare coming to rest in a tree full of red berries.surprisingly early?

Posted September 22nd at 8:27 pm by philip worth in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,18 Blackcaps. 14 Chiffchaffs. 8 Robins , an increase on the local birds ; 2 Grey Wagtails ( probably migrants ) and a Snipe.

Posted September 22nd at 7:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 13:00-14:45 in relatively calm overcast conditions (SSW2-3) hoping for cetaceans. There was a small passage of seabirds with 16 Balearic Shearwaters (groups up to five), Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Terns and 37 Kittiwakes. Cetaceans not great with 5 Common Dolphin and 6+ Harbour Porpoise. Also a Wheatear and a few Chiffchaffs around the quarry.

Posted September 22nd at 5:52 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lopwell Dam 22.9.2020

At 1420 an Osprey flew up the Tavy Estuary and lost height over the woods opposite the dam.  Appeared to come down in the woodland higher up the Tavy.  Also present 5 Common Sandpipers and a Stock Dovw calling.

Posted September 22nd at 5:16 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Soar & South Huish

Slim pickings in quite thick mist at Soar this morning: 5+ Siskins, 2 Redpolls (presumed Lesser), 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, Sparrowhawk, 2 Hares & a Roe Deer.

Later at South Huish: Little Stint, c30 Dunlins, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Ringed Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 4 Mediterranean Gulls & White & 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 22nd at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury

On the high tide at Wembury Point this morning still a good range of Waders present - 54 Oystercatcher, 15 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, 6 Curlew, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and 2 Dunlin.

Kingfisher, Wheatear and 5 Little Egret also out on the rocks.

Gulls still feeding on the rotting seaweed along the beach - Herring, Black-headed and Great Black-backed with a juvenile Lesser Black-backed, 7 Mediterranean (1 juvenile) and another juvenile/1st Winter Yellow-legged Gull.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (in pine trees at The Point), Stonechats, Cirl Buntings and a few Meadow Pipit also seen. 

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Posted September 22nd at 4:05 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

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