Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st January 2021

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Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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Sunday 31st January 2021

West Charleton Marsh

Marsh Harrier and Barn Owl seen early this morning.

Posted January 31st at 5:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Stoke, Plymouth

Well over thirty goldfinch in the apple tree in my garden this morning - light not good enough for pictures

Posted January 31st at 3:15 pm by Tim Buckley in Bird News

Hope's Nose

10.00

The juv Glaucous Gull showed well around the site again.  Although a little distant, the female Long-tailed Duck was also present, close to the Lead Stone.  More unexpected today, was a single Purple Sandpiper towards the point.  

Posted January 31st at 3:06 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

siskins in Bickington

Finally, after 4 years of waiting, we've had a pair of siskins on the feeders on this very wet Sunday!

Siskin
Siskin

Posted January 31st at 3:03 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Both the Barnacle Goose & Red-crested Pochard (female) on Blaxton Meadow this morning in wet conditions. Also, 7 Greenshanks, c300 Dunlins, Snipe, Green Woodpecker, my first returning Skylark of the year & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted January 31st at 2:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dipper in a pond!

My daughter saw a Dipper diving into a garden pond in Chudleigh just now! To be fair, the pond is big and next to Kate Brook, where Dipper is regular. The water level in the brook is high today and the pond has some nice rocks at the edge, so maybe it's not so strange. But a great garden tick - which would have been on her Big Garden Birdwatch list had she not done that on Friday!

Posted January 31st at 2:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Lesser redpoll

Lesser redpoll on feeders along with at least a dozen Siskins just outside Okehampton 

Posted January 31st at 2:12 pm by Laurence smith in Bird News

Loughtor Mill

Yesterday a distance shot of a Dipper by the side of a swollen Tory Brook. Heard 2 GSW's drumming in Furzeacre Wood, first time I've heard them this year. Jays, Magpies, M. Thrushes, Redwings, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and a solitary Goldcrest.

Dipper
Dipper

Posted January 31st at 9:05 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plymouth purple sandpiper's

If you are getting your daily exercise on Plymouth Hoe, I highly recommend looking for the 2 purple sandpiper's that seem to have been here for a few weeks. 

I watched 1 feeding, then a wave made 2 of them fly off.

I saw them between the Lido and the Wet Wock. 

Posted January 31st at 12:20 am by Andy Quest in Bird News

Saturday 30th January 2021

Kingsbridge Est & West Charlton Marshes

Weather was terrible though despite this and two dogs loose on the marshes we still saw one Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Water Rail, heron, one Redshank, one Snipe and a Red Breasted Merganser in front of the hide. 

Posted January 30th at 6:08 pm by Dan in Bird News

Velator

2 Spoonbills out on the scrape early on (4 yesterday I'm told) Also there a Little Egret. While in the reserve, I was wondering why there weren't many birds when both Stock Doves flew out of the SWW building - this only usually happens when I arrive, so I thought there may be a visit from the workmen. None arrived but when I went a bit further around, a Sparrowhawk appeared. No wonder.... Saw it again as I was leaving.

Posted January 30th at 4:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Saltram

5 Goosander, 2 RB Merganser, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Mandarin, 12 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Buzzard, Shelduck, Canada Goose, Redshank, Curlew and Dunlin.

Posted January 30th at 2:57 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 10.30

The juv Glaucous Gull showed well despite being mobile around the site.  The female Long-tailed Duck south of the Lead Stone.  A Great Northern Diver off the quarry.  7 Grey Seals.  

Posted January 30th at 2:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning near the railway at Wharf Road Sidings just north of the footbridge over the River Lemon.

Posted January 30th at 1:41 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Colebrook, Black Redstart

Female Black Redstart again on rooftop in Rashleigh Avenue, seen from kid's playpark. First time spotted since 16th January. Too rainy for photo.

Posted January 30th at 1:34 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wembury Point

Early morning walk before the rain. 1 Song Thrush at the car park as well as some unexpected singing Skylarks. On the beach, mixed flock of gulls containing around 100 Black-Headed Gulls, 10 Herring Gulls, 5 Adult and Juvenile GBBG's and 2x 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls. Also 20 Oystercatchers and 2 Curlew both in pale transitional plumage. Quiet on the Pipit front but we did see a couple of Pied Wagtail. In the fields around 6 Cirl Buntings

Posted January 30th at 11:32 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saltram 29-1-2021 (late post)

A little stroll after finishing work, a high tide on the meadow, seen with naked eye- Curlew, l.egret. C.Goose.Wigeon, redshank, dunlin, shelduck, b.h gull, herring gull, buzzard. Sure I'd spot more with a telescope. 
At the duck pond was a female Red crested Pochard. I wonder if this is the same female as last year as last winter there was a female on the duck pond. 
Plenty of others birds around, including G.tit, B.tit, L.t.Tit, C.Tit. Robin, dunnock, nuthatches, song thrush, Jay, raven, Parakeets, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Meadow pipits, 

Posted January 30th at 9:55 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Friday 29th January 2021

Velator etc

Not a great deal of note of late, but a couple of Golden moments as I enjoyed some coffee this morning - first a female Goldcrest  flew out over the pond and back then furiously chased insects until disappearing into the trees. Then a good-size charm of Goldfinches settled on a now long-dormant Sea Buckthorn and seemed to find something of interest. Tawny Owl and Water Rail called.

However, bird (!) of the day turned out to be a Bat, seen from my garden on the North side of Braunton at about 5 p.m. this evening. A good deal bigger than the Pipistrelles I see in the reserve, but I'm no expert - Lesser Horseshoe? Seems pretty early in the year whatever it was.

Posted January 29th at 7:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Horsey

A single Merlin flying fast & low over Horsey this morning temporarily spooking everything except the Shelduck ,but as soon as it had moved on the waders settled down again except the Golden Plover which so often seem to be restless, only resting for short periods.

Posted January 29th at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 28th January 2021

Exminster and the estuary

Walked Countesswear - Powderham and back this morning.

On Exminster Marsh, the female Marsh Harrier gave a 5 minute show, coming slowly N, driving all the ducks and Lapwing into the air, but then returning quickly S and across the railway without having attempted a kill.

Half-an-hour later, S of Turf and W of the railway, the Canadas and Brents took to the air, spooked by something which I assume was the Harrier, and with them were the Barnacles, later recorded from Powderham Marsh in another post.

In the estuary, the Golden Plover were huddled together, the flock slightly smaller than usual, (perhaps the warm weather has prompted some to move N), the Avocets were strung out in small groups as far as the Kenn outfall (I assume there is a band of acceptable salinity for their prey, so when the river is high, as now, they move downstream), the regular 70-80 Pintail and an unexpected 30 Knot were off the footbridge, and 10 Mergansers and a G-c Grebe were busy feeding.

In Powderham Park, the Egyptian Geese were energetically chasing the Shelducks, and then renewing their pair bond. The only authentic ones I have seen were a group of 6-8 on the Nile 30 years ago, of which half were blasted out of the water by one of the fellahin with a punt gun. Perhaps NW Europe will become their only home?

Posted January 28th at 10:00 pm by James Camden in Bird News

south mollton community woodland

4 greenfinches and 2 gold finches feeding on ash keys

Posted January 28th at 7:30 pm by art symons in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in garden

On Tuesday a sparrowhawk took a female blackbird in the garden it looked pretty tatty and bedraggled I think it was just because it was soaking wet. It came back on Wednesday and landed in my apple tree. It jumped down onto a wood pigeon that was sat on the branch below. It ate most of it on Wedneday but returned on Thursday morning while I was at work to eat some more, then again Thurday afternoon to finnish it off.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted January 28th at 7:09 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers at Plymouth Hoe

Two Purple Sandpipers with six Turnstone just west of tinside Lido below Plymouth Hoe this afternoon.

Posted January 28th at 5:05 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

13:30

11 Barnacle Goose with Canada Goose flock (Snow Goose also). At least 6 Cirl Bunting.

Posted January 28th at 3:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands: 3 Mediterranean Gulls on Rocks (2 ad and 1 fw)

Clennon: 2 Firecrests, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Gadwall, 5 Teal & 1 ad Mediterranean Gull.

An injured adult female Peregrine was picked up today in a Paignton park by the park ranger and taken to the RSPCA, hope it survives..

   med Gull Broadsands 28 Jan 2021  Med Gull fw Broadsands 28 Jan 2021

                                      Mediterranean Gulls ad left and fw with B-h Gulls right

Posted January 28th at 3:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Common Scoter & Fulmar off Ladram Bay

46 X Common Scoter in a tight raft off Ladram Bay this am with 10+ Fulmar showing their aerobatic skills across the cliff face. 15+ Skylark over the field a few in full song... Warm sunshine to!

Common Scoter
Common Scoter
Fulmar on the wing
Fulmar on the wing

Posted January 28th at 3:30 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Combrew Lane

This is the Cattle Egret seen in Combrew Lane.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted January 27th at 11:28 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Between jobs today I popped into Wrafton pond which proved very disappointing as birds were scarce with as little as six or seven species including all the usual suspects. So moved on to Fremington Pill where it was a similar story.  I managed to get the attached photos of the Spotted Redshank and a Redshank with leg tags.  Moving on, I spotted a single Cattle Egret in a field in Combrew Lane. 

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Redshank
Redshank

Posted January 27th at 11:26 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

A Firecrest and a Green Woodpecker in the old churchyard mid-pm.

Posted January 27th at 8:11 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

River Torridge

Iron Bridge to the old Bideford Bridge. 4 Shelduck, 5 Canada Geese, 10 Mallard, about 150 Lapwing, 10 Redshank, 15 Cormorants, 20 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull and at least 700 Starlings in murmuration on the old Bideford Bridge. 

Posted January 27th at 5:16 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A flock of at least 45 Siskins livened up a rather dull & damp visit. Also, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), 3 Little Grebes, 31 Common Gulls, 19 Wigeon, 6 Mandarin Ducks (3 drakes), 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dippers & 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Posted January 27th at 2:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter

Grey Wagtail on the Northbrook by the Vaughan Road footbridge. My fifth sighting during lockdown.

Posted January 27th at 11:41 am by David Gray in Bird News

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Meadow poor update

Counted a flock of at least 35 meadow pipits in fields between Totnes and Dartington this morning. 

Posted January 26th at 9:30 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Umberleigh

One possible Great white Egret in a field (on the river side) just outside Umberleigh and a second in the same field as my previous post.  The Egret was about 300m away from my vantage point (based on a Google map measurement) so photo heavily cropped. Two Little Egrets and a single Heron in a riverside field near Burrington.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted January 26th at 6:50 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

re earlier report

A photo of the male blackcap with pollen on it's face


Posted January 26th at 2:17 pm by Keith Mcginn in Bird News

South Brent

A Green Woodpecker made several visits to my house field this morning, although I hear or see them or a regular basis its rare that I get a chance to catch one on camera.

GSWP and Nuthatch on the garden fat feeders, female Reed Bunting back in.

A small number of Redwings which as with most days they are about attracted a Sparrowhawk, a little later an adult male Sparrowhawk landed briefly on one of the feed station stands.

A count of 28 House Sparrow at one point, two Long Tailed Tit, with the wet weather Goldfinch and Greenfinch numbers up on recent days.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted January 26th at 2:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay

Torbay:

Paignton/Preston: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Goodrington: 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Shoveler 

Broadsands: 28 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff

   Red-throated Diver Paignton 26 Jan 2021 ML   Red-throated Diver Paignton 26 Jan 2021 ML

                                                                         Red-throated Diver

Posted January 26th at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bishopsteignton

Male Blackcap in garden with pollen on his face, I assume he has been drinking nectar.  

Posted January 26th at 10:59 am by Keith Mcginn in Bird News

Kingsteignton to Luton 25th

Noticeable increase in Fieldfares and Redwings in fields along the lane. Largest group seen approximately 100 fieldfares with lesser numbers of redwings all feeding adjacent to hedges at bottom of fields. Also spotted one cirl bunting in song.

Posted January 26th at 10:03 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Monday 25th January 2021

Meadow pipits.

A few dozen meadow pipits hopping about on Whitchurch Down, just outside Tavistock the last 2 says.

Posted January 25th at 8:29 pm by Andy Quest in Bird News

Saltram

A quick walk round Saltram early this morning revealed 1 female Goosander with several Mallards near the Sewage outlet. A couple of pairs of Mandarin Ducks and a female Red Crested Pochard with several Moorhen on the pond. Buzzards, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Green Woodpeckers, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Blue tits, Great tits, Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtails, Curlew, Canada Geese, Little Egrets.

Red Crested Pochard
Red Crested Pochard
Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted January 25th at 8:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Crow beach and Point

We chose Crow for our once a day exercise walk today and were rewarded with lively close views of up to two dozen Sanderling scampering along the tide line as the tide rose. There were about forty Brent geese keeping a similar size flock of Wigeon amongst the grasses along the shoreline. Later, on heading back along the Toll Road we saw large airborne flocks of mainly Golden Plover with about 200 Lapwing. Guestimate of Plover numbers < 1,500, and some were turning gold, as we could see when they settled in the fields adjacent to the road because of the high tide.

Some of the < 1,500 Golden Plover
Some of the < 1,500 Golden Plover
Two of the
Two of the

Posted January 25th at 6:35 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Baggy & Braunton Marshes

No sign of any Scoters or RT Divers early am at Baggy Pt but an entertaining flock of Jackdaws at Baggy Pt & a small flock of Starlings foraging around the monkey pole & footpath.

Late aft c1000 Golden Plover in field at south end of Braunton Marshes.



Posted January 25th at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

White Stork

Further to my post yesterday, husband managed to take a picture on his phone, wouldn't upload yesterday!


Posted January 25th at 5:53 pm by Sam Evans in Bird News

South Brent

Another days lock down home birding, despite a freezing start to the day not as busy around the feeders as over the weekend, highlight of the day was finding a Grey Wagtail.

Stock Dove I see here occasionally and noted two singles and a duo during the day so was surprised to see a flock of 22 birds pass over.

A female Reed Bunting has shown on and off around the feed station throughout the afternoon, other species noted today were Long Tailed Tit, Jay, Wren, Mistle Thrush (2) Redwing, Dunnock, pair of Bullfinch, Heron, Buzzard, GSWP.

Spent several minutes watching a displaying male Sparrowhawk, spotted it very high up before going into an almost vertical dive it then regained the height and again went into another dive before eventually diving off towards Brent Hill.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dunnock
Dunnock

Posted January 25th at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plymouth Waterfront

I need help with ID... (We all have to start somewhere.) The best I can come up with is a Willow Warbler. If so, what's it doing here in January? It's in the same area as four Blackcaps (2M, 2F) 

Eds- this is a Chiffchaff; very similar to Willow Warbler but one of the few Warblers which winter here.

Posted January 25th at 3:27 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Plymouth

Leucistic Magpie in bushes beside the railway line at the west end of Lanhydrock Road this morning.

Posted January 25th at 12:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Palace Hotel grounds Torquay

0810hrs green woodpecker calling, great spotted woodpecker drumming 

Posted January 25th at 11:18 am by Mick Curran in Bird News

River Torridge , Weare Giffard , Bideford.

While exercising on the Tarka trail picked up a flock of geese in flight which eventually flew close enough to make id. Possible as Barnacle geese .They then landed on the Bank of the Torridge just south of Halfpenny bridge.  The 11 Barnacles joined a flock of 26 Canada geese grazing the river bank.  Viewable from the bridge at Annery kiln. 

Posted January 25th at 11:15 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sunday 24th January 2021

Totnes Garden and surrounds

Around the feeders today visitors included 3 siskins, goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, male blackcap, a solitary long-tailed tit and 2 nuthatches.

A brief walk around fields between Totnes and Dartington revealed a flock of about 20 meadow pipits. Also 14 redwing, green woodpecker, GS woodpecker and a buzzard. 

Posted January 24th at 9:29 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

South Brent three day home watch round up

Friday's lock down birding gave a total of 30 species around the feed station and around home, inc Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (2) Redwing (30+) Raven, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Wren, Jay, last bird of the day was a Tawny owl at 11.10pm calling loudly close to the house.

Saturday gave 28 species with a male Siskin first thing in the morning and a late afternoon Heron that dropped onto my field pond, neither bird being on Fridays list.

Late afternoon saw a counted 58 Redwings dropping into roost and 100 plus Starlings flying into towards the village.

Today (Sunday) has given 32 species, new to the list being female Reed Bunting that has shown well on and off all afternoon, two Stock Doves passing over, Nuthatch and a flyover Peregrine falcon.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted January 24th at 4:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hope's Nose

11.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well again in flight around the point, quarry and out towards Hope and Brandy Coves.  Also sat on the sea and around a small fishing boat.  

The female Long-tailed Duck also still present near the Lead Stone.  

Other birders reported a Mediterranean Gull had been there earlier on this morning.  

Posted January 24th at 4:03 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

White Bird

Reference to earlier post,large bird was a stork from the Sussex ? programme  Snapped in Clennon Valley, excellent picture on their Facebook site

Posted January 24th at 3:14 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Blackcap count rises

Over the last few days our seed encrusted fat cake has attracted newcomers to add to the male and female Blackcap we first saw about two weeks ago in our front garden....today's count = THREE males and TWO females :) 

One of the males is the dominant bird and the females defer to all three males. It's very entertaining to see their reaction to one of our regular Blackbirds intrusion on the perch; the dominant male stands his ground against the considerably larger bird but the other four scramble away into the hedge where they wait patiently until the perch is vacant again :) 

One of the female Blackcaps
One of the female Blackcaps

Posted January 24th at 2:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Ilfracombe Cemetery

Male and female Stonechat 11.30

Posted January 24th at 12:54 pm by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

Late post - Croyde Sands

 A single adult Med Gull on Croyde Sands yesterday morning.


Posted January 24th at 12:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Chudleigh wildlife checklists

No notable birds to report, I'm afraid, but if anyone is short of reading matter and/or would like to know more about the birds and other wildlife in Chudleigh Parish, there's a series of (mosty) annotated checklists summarising all known wildlife records available for download from the Chudleigh Wild webpage (https://www.chudleigh-tc.gov.uk/chudleigh-wild/). I'd love to hear about any errors or additions that readers may find! We haven't attempted anything like the systematic surveys done in South Brent, just scoured records and local brains, memories and notebooks.

Posted January 24th at 11:02 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sunday 24th January, Paignton

Alerted by my neighbour that a large bird had landed on roof opposite. Turned out to be a white stork!. It was being harassed by corvids and gulls before flying off towards Paignton town (from Clennon area)

Posted January 24th at 10:09 am by Sam Evans in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Out yesterday (Saturday) for a walk with camera in hand and was able to get these and other images.  The resident male Kingfisher was fishing around the sluice area and caught a good size fish for his lunch.  Also along the pill were: four Glossy Ibis; two Little Egret; one Spotted Redshank; a small number of Teal; one Greenshank; two Curlew; two Shelduck; one Kingfisher; and a few Redshank.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Shelduck
Shelduck

Posted January 24th at 12:38 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 23rd January 2021

Tamar estuary

On the high tide this afternoon:

Great crested Grebe, Kingfisher, Shelduck, Raven. A Black headed gull with a yellow leg ring 2PKA (ringed in the UK I believe). 81 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common gull on Ernesettle creek. 2 Ring necked Parakeet in Budshead wood LNR on the walk home.

Posted January 23rd at 5:19 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Velator

Redshank on the scrape, yet again the Green Woodpecker present. 3 Water Rails, 15 Redwing, a Kingfisher landed on one of the perches I have installed but was seen off by a Robin! It later returned, and sat briefly on the other perch I put in. Didn't stay long enough for pics. As I left, both Grey Wagtail and Dipper in the river from the bridge.

Posted January 23rd at 4:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Prior to lunchtime:

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well resting on the Lead Stone for periods and also in flight around the quarry and the point.  The female Long-tailed Duck also still close to the Lead Stone.

A female Black Redstart was mobile around the small beaches, boulders and lower cliffs close to the sea on the southern side of the site, roughly opposite Thatcher Rock.  

Male Blackcap, 2 Common Dolphins and a Grey Seal.  

Posted January 23rd at 4:39 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ugborough Beacon, Wrangaton.

Lovely sighting of Green Woodpecker, about 30 Fieldfare on golf course, solitary Snipe flushed out of gorse on sunny hillside.

Posted January 23rd at 4:39 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Plymouth Waterfront

Female Blackcap popped out of the scrub near the beach huts, feeding on Ivy berries. The male was camera-shy and stayed among the brambles.



Posted January 23rd at 4:19 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

Steps down from Grenville Avenue to Sherwell Valley Road, early PM. Many blackbirds feeding on the berries in ivy-covered trees  - almost all males for some reason. 2 song thrush and wood pigeons were with them. Other birds included bullfinch (M), long tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, dunnock, robin and a crest sp.

Posted January 23rd at 4:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a fine morning: 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 14 Wigeon, adult Polish-ringed Mediterranean Gull, 54 Curlews, 14 Oystercatchers, c260 Dunlins, 134 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 19 Turnstones, Green Woodpecker & 6 Roe Deer. The waders trying to roost on the wall were getting repeated disturbance from paddle boarders.

Posted January 23rd at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Manor gardens Torquay

Song thrust singing away

Posted January 23rd at 2:19 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Friday 22nd January 2021

south molton community woodlands

2 reed bunting. Tree usually feeding bull finches (wild cherry?) held pair of bull finches and 4 Siskins, also appearing to be feeding around/on the buds.

Posted January 22nd at 10:48 pm by art symons in Bird News

Teignmouth Garden Today

Lots of Goldfinches and Coal, Blue and Great Tits on the feeders. Two new additions for the year, a pair of Siskin and a male Blackcap. A pair of Buzzards overhead, Magpies, Jackdaws, Crows also. Yesterday afternoon a single Great Northern Diver near the Ness, from the Point car park.

Posted January 22nd at 8:28 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Plymouth Waterfront

Friday, 22nd January, 2021.

Birds in abundance this morning in the sunshine. Two Purple Sandpipers joined nine Turnstones on the rocks below Pier One Restaurant. Two pied wagtails and a (rock?) pipit scurried back and forth as the rising tide washed the concrete slab.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted January 22nd at 7:52 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Velator etc.

Still several each of Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. Redshank on the scrape. On arrival at the reserve a calling Green Woodpecker, which preceded me in my anti-clockwise walk around the reserve, ending up on a telegraph pole near the entrance.. What's going on? I usually only get 1 record every couple of years, this is the 3rd record this year. 3 Water Rails calling, one seen. (Goldcrest seen in the reserve and at home yesterday). I also got down the Toll Road and found the Ruff - once again with Lapwing firstly inside Horsey Island then in the field behind Crow Beach. 1500 Golden Plover in Horsey Island.-  can't be sure about this, I didn't actually count them all...

Posted January 22nd at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Old Walls Hill Bishopsteignton Friday 22nd

Two skylarks singing and trying to outdo each other in fields above the village,  Very welcome sign of spring !

Posted January 22nd at 4:27 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Ivybridge to Harford

Walk to Tristis Rock near Harford included Green Woodpecker, pair Mistle Thrush strutting in field, two Snipe on moor (beautiful zig-zag flight), Treecreeper, Long-Tail Tits, Blue Tits, Raven on moor and about 20 Lapwing in far distance over Hangar.

Posted January 22nd at 3:48 pm by Russ Mogridge in Bird News

Plymouth Barbican & Hoe

A Great Northern Diver seen near the entrance to Sutton Harbour and several Turnstones on the rocks near the Yacht Club.

Turnstone
Turnstone
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted January 22nd at 3:12 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A small high tide this morning, so few waders on Blaxton Meadow but Kinfisher there together with a female Goosander (3 others including a drake, on the estuary), Snipe & 14 Wigeon. Also around the site, Green Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck (drake), 4+ Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshanks, 12 Little Egrets, 7 Little Grebes & 12 Roe Deer.  

Posted January 22nd at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monmouth St., Railway Bridge, Topsham (Bowling Green Lane)

13:15

Firecrest

Posted January 22nd at 2:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

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