Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th October 2021

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder Recorder@DevonBirds.org to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·        Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·        Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

          Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS - UPDATE

At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Sunday 10th October 2021

Sunday 10th oct dawlish warren and starcross

Great sunlight and light winds on the warren today with plenty to see but did become a little busy. Grey plover, Ringed plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, plenty of Sandwich Terns, med gull, plus Blackcap, Greenfinch, Cirl buntings etc but hi-lights of the day were the bold little Dartford Warbler in the sunshine and display of cattle egrets on the wreck at Starcross.   

Question please....When will the Warren bird hide be re-opened?

Dartford warbler
Dartford warbler
ship wrecked cattle \egrets
ship wrecked cattle \egrets

Posted October 10th at 11:29 pm by simon kidd in Bird News

Plymstock

Hobby seen flying over Radford Park Woods this afternoon.

Posted October 10th at 11:14 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon I had a quick visit to Fremington Pill. Sue Ambler and I saw the Glossy Ibis so it's returned at last.  On the quay side of the iron bridge was a single Greenshank.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted October 10th at 8:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

East Soar

Looks like a Radde's Warbler was found at Starehole today,

 

Posted October 10th at 7:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Passage House, Teign Estuary

I was driving slowly southbound in traffic on the A380 flyover, across the River Teign, at 12.45.  I glanced to my left and down, and saw a Great White Egret, mid-channel in a creek, south of Passage House. 

Thankfully, the bird was seen by others soon after and I got decent views of it again at 14.40, just 125m or so east of Passage House.   

Posted October 10th at 7:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Avon dam ~ South Brent

On the drive up to Shipley from South Brent two Redwings.

From Shipley car park to the dam and back across the moors gave a total of 28 species, despite glorious weather bird life was a bit sparse, the recently seen flocks of Thrush sp, Meadow Pipit and Goldfinch were not in evidence.

No sign of any Ring Ouzels and the birders I spoke to said they had blanked as well, as previous post it has been a poor rowan berry year up there.

On the plus side a brilliant day for birds of prey, with numerous Kestrel sightings, male Sparrowhawk passed over, two Buzzards and fly pasts from both Peregrine and Hen Harrier.

A female Goosander sat on the bottom step of the Dam, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Jays, Raven, male Bullfinch, small numbers of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

An unexpected Wheatear on edge of the moor on the way back.

Posted October 10th at 12:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 9th October 2021

Velator reserve.

Early on lots of Godwits out on the scrape, but as I can only see their heads difficult to get a proper count. Ringed another juvenile Kingfisher plus Goldcrest and Blackcap. Most interesting was a Great Spotted Woodpecker with a ring that wasn't mine, or Chris Dee's either.

Posted October 9th at 8:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

LowerTamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 3 Jay, 2 Grey Hero, 3 Moorhen, 3 Nut Hatch.

Posted October 9th at 7:43 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Slapton

10 Jays heading north over Slapton Bridge, same number of Greenfinch in bush beside the ley. Small mixed flock of waders on the beach containing 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Sanderling.


Posted October 9th at 7:38 pm by Tom Stevenson in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

Messed up the images on the original post !!!!

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

The Paignton Rose coloured Starling continues to show well off of the  Kings Ash Hill / Fernicombe Road area of Paignton, the bird is with a flock of around 40 Starlings which are using a garden feeding station in Pimm Road.

All birds put up by a soaring Sparrowhawk.

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

An early morning visit before first light produced 4 Tawny Owls. Other birds of note were 41 Curlew, 167 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Bar -tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Stonechat, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 24 Stock Dove and a Grey Wagtail.

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Posted October 9th at 3:13 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Great White Egret from Clyst viewing platform at 7.30 this morning. Flew towards Goosemoor or beyond. Otherwise Ruff, 210+ Pintail, 165+ Teal, 12 Shoveler, 20+ Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, Water Rail and plenty of waders but poor light meant no count. 

Posted October 9th at 2:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of vireo & no Ring Ouzels! White Wagtail 27, Skylark 110, Robin 40, 15 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, 13 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker moving, four Ravens flying east, 2 Swallow && another 8 Jay - makes 66 since late Sep!

Posted October 9th at 2:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey over Raymonds Hill

Osprey over Raymonds Hill, Axminster at 8.15 this morning, being mobbed by a local buzzard.

Posted October 9th at 12:02 pm by Jim Tirrell in Bird News

Kingsteignton: Flock of Jays

Flock of 31 jays, over Exeter road approx 10.30am approx 20 Canada geese , and female sparrow hawk 

Posted October 9th at 11:46 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Wrafton area

Yesterday's visit to Wrafton pond was a little disappointing, just the Swan family, two Moorhens and a juvenile Little Grebe.  On the Scrape was a little better, 22 Black tailed Godwits and a few Teal. In the river by the bridge was a Magpie taking a shower.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Magpie
Magpie

Posted October 9th at 11:40 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 8th October 2021

Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

By 10.15-10.30 this morning, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling had moved 100m east from Kings Ash Road to rooftops at the junction of Fernicombe Road and Belfield Road.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th at 9:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ivybridge ~ Goshawk

Late this afternoon a high soaring female Goshawk over the western end of Ivybridge.

Posted October 8th at 8:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ilfracombe

17 Oystercatchers, 2 Cormorants and a rock pipit on rock off Capstone this morning.

Posted October 8th at 5:47 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of the vireo this morning.

Anyway: male Merlin, Firecrest, 12 Jay moving west, 23 cWhite Wagtail, Golden Plover, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, 340 Meadow Pipit, 80 Swallow, 240 Skylark, 150 Jackdaw moving east, 2 Blackcap, 1st Reed Bunting of autumn, Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west & 50 Goldfinch.

Posted October 8th at 2:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good look today produced a Lesser Whitethroat near the bridge and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the beach. Some light overhead passage mid-morning, 10 Jays noteworthy. Also 3 Med Gulls, 2 Wheatear and 30+ Chiff-Chaff

Posted October 8th at 2:02 pm by David Cope in Bird News

South Brent ~ Home birding & Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

At home in South Brent yesterday afternoon (7th Oct) two Chiffchaff in the garden, overhead a passing Hobby, GSWP flew in, a flock of not less than twelve Greenfinch and several Jay. In the evening Tawny owl on the house roof

This morning the reported Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling sat on overhead wires junc of Kings Ash Hill and Fernicombe Road, Paignton along with a flock of approx 40 Starlings.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th at 10:17 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thorne Moor N.Devon

Late post from circuit around the SSSI last night. At least 6 Robins, 2 wrens, dunnock singing or calling. Single snipe and jay. 2 skeins of Canada Geese (12 & 45). heading WNW  Many loose flocks of gulls ranging in size from 2-3 to 20-30 moving slowly SE at quite high level.

Posted October 8th at 8:59 am by Mark West in Bird News

COCKWOOD

Sorry for late post but there were at least 40 Cattle Egrets on the estuary just off Cockwood Harbour yesteday afternoon.

Posted October 8th at 8:39 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Thursday 7th October 2021

Berry Head

Overhead migration: 1 Grey Plover, 2 Siskin,  300+ House Martins, 80+ Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, just 1 jay today.

At sea: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 White-beaked Dolphins and 5+ Common Dolphins 10+ Harbour Porpoise. Many Gannets >S and still hundreds of Kittiwakes.

Around the headland: 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap. 

      White-beaked Dolphins Berry Head 7 Oct 2021 ML   White-beaked Dolphins Berry Head 7 Oct 2021 ML

  White-beaked Dolphins, keeping my fingers crossed we see them on my cruise in Lyme Bay tomorrow!

Posted October 7th at 8:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Paignton

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at top of Kingsash Hill. Found by Andy Plumb as he drove to work this morning. It regularly sits with Starlings above the main road! 

   Rose-coloured Starling Paignton 7 Oct 2021 ML   Rose-coloured Starling Paignton 7 Oct 2021 ML

Posted October 7th at 8:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam and East Soar

This morning at Avon Dam: Blackbirds 15, Song thrushes 3, Mistle thrushes 3, Ring Ousels 2, Jays 9, Magpies 3, Swallows 12, Goldfinches 12, Linnets 15, Dipper 1, Goosander overfly 6, Stonechats 20, Buzzard 1, Kestrels 2.

Afternoon at East Soar: A Red Eyed Vireo down Starehole Valley. Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Kestrel 1, Ravens 2, Yellowhammers 2, Cirl Buntings 1, Goldfinches 20+, Linnets 20+, Skylarks 15, Pied Wagtails 20+, Chiffchaffs 18.

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted October 7th at 8:04 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

11 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Coot, 6 Mallard, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted October 7th at 7:37 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands, East Devon.

12 members of DB attended this mornings field walk (East Devon Branch).  52 species were counted by Chris Hodgson with the group being led by Colin Randall.  Water levels at Blackhole Marsh were high with little mud exposed but contained small numbers of waders including a Ruff, Greenshank, 3-4 Common Sandpiper, a Snipe and others.  A flock of c10 Sand Martins flew south while a Kingfisher put in a brief appearance at the Tower Hide. A Kestrel was the only bird of prey seen. Other birds of interest were Green and Gt S. Woodpecker and a female Blackcap.  At Colyford Common water levels were again high but a Greenshank was seen close to the hide.

Posted October 7th at 6:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wrafton etc

2 Godwits as I headed out towards the reserve where a GSW, a Kingfisher and a Jay were once again present. Down the Pill to the pill-box where 10 Redshank were at the water's edge. Back at the scrape 94 (or 95?) Black-tailed Godwits. Where do they go? 

Posted October 7th at 4:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Surprise, surprise

Late yesterday afternoon, over the pool at Stoke Gabriel, a few last minute  swallows and house martins heading downriver. Today about ten thirty heard several meadow pipits flying over and a skylark's brief song. Possible migrants but don't know it they were coming or going but a welcome sound nonetheless, especially in suburban Paignton

Posted October 7th at 2:12 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Stoke, Plymouth

A Grey Wagtail - an Unexpected visitor to urban garden

Posted October 7th at 1:49 pm by Tim Buckley in Bird News

Mediterranean Gulls and Redwing

South Brent this morning a small flock of fourteen Redwing seen flying over home.

Broadsands yesterday (6th Oct) three first winter Mediterranean Gulls at the gull roost on the dropping tide.

At Marine Parade fourteen Mediterranean Gulls, a mix of first winter birds to adults and two Sandwich Tern.

Peregrine high over Torquay.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted October 7th at 10:11 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Yesterday at Cadover and Brisworthy Burrows. Up to 30 Swallows and House Martins, Mistle Thrushes 9, Song Thrushes 2, Blackbirds 12, Jays 7, 4 of them flying south over the moor. Magppies 8, Bullfinches 4, Chaffinches 6, Great/Blue and Coal Tits. Green Woodpevker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Buzzard i.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted October 7th at 6:26 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Velator Weir to Horsey Island Morning Walk

Morning walk from Velator Weir to Horsey Island produced 38 species of birds. Highlights were, 2 Kestrel, 28 Redshank, 142 Canada Geese, 3 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 4 Stonechat, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 1 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 50+ Ring Plover, 50+ Dunlin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 House Martin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Golden Plover and a Marsh Harrier. Record photo would not load!

Posted October 6th at 8:58 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Went back for a second look to check the numbers of Godwits. Now at least 140!. Also, on a very low bit of willow scrub in the reed-bed at Sherpa Marsh, the dark, female Marsh Harrier sat looking around before taking flight and then dropping into the reeds.

Posted October 6th at 7:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head 6th October

Glaucous gull resting very close to shore. 5 Oyster Catchers could be seen,and heard, from the coastal path towards St Mary's Bay. Overhead about 25 House Martin's.

Posted October 6th at 6:15 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Arrived at about 08.30 for another ringing session. As I walked around opening nets I noticed a large flock of Godwits fly off the scrape. I kept looking to see if they had returned and there they were at about 12.45. After I had finished I walked up to count them. I made it 114. Most I've seen here. Saw a Kingfisher, heard 2 Cetti's Warblers, ringed 5 Chaffinch 2 Blue Tits, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Bullfinch, a Song Thrush a Robin a Great Tit and a male Blackcap. Sparrowhawk, Buzzard both nearby, a Water Rail called just outside, and still one Jay; Probably guilty of pecking holes in the Apples! Most interesting sighting was a Black-headed Gull flying low over the pond looking for something to eat. Never seen one do that before!

Posted October 6th at 4:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren, Cockwood & Exminster Marsh

A visit to Dawlish Warren post high tide this morning. 13 Grey Plover, 30+ Barwits, 9 Sanderling, 57 Brent Geese (2 pale-bellied), 2 Wheatear, 18 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit & 120+ Linnet the best of it. Also 40+ Cattle Egret in Cockwood Valley (from Warren).

A visit to Exminister & Turf this pm. Juv Hobby, Juv Marsh Harrier, 400+ Teal, 12 Avocet (from Turf), Juv Peregrine, Wheatear, 7 Stonechat, 10 Little Grebe & Kingfisher best of it. Also 30+ Migrant Hawkers 

Posted October 6th at 4:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

Good vis mig this morning, largely over by 0930 and all moving west: 35 Jay, 10 Golden Plover, Mistle Thrush, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 23 Siskin, 430 Meadow Pipit (some grounded), 12 Chaffinch, 42 Goldfinch, 24 Swallow, 220 Skylark (130 grounded), 32 Linnet, 19 Alba Wagtail.

Grounded: 100 Rook, Song Thrush, 20 Robin, 21 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 24 White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff.

Posted October 6th at 2:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration: 74 Jays (biggest flock32!), 1 Hawfinch, 12 Skylark, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Siskin, 45 House Martin, 18 Swallow, 29 Swallow and 2 Redshank - over the top of the headland calling on their way!

Around the headland: 26 Chiffhcaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Stonechat. 400+ Guillemots back on the cliffs (first I noted this year was 74 on 4th Oct).

At sea: 4 pods of Common Dolphin total of approx 55, 8 Harbour Porpoise, 1 skua sp - Arc/Pom too far out to be sure, hundreds of Kittiwake and 70+ Gannets.

Jays Berry Head 061021 ML firecrest Berry Head 061021 ML

 Flock (part of) of Jays                                                          Firecrest

Posted October 6th at 2:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torquay ~ Peregrine

Just after 1pm flock of gulls seen milling around clearly alarmed, looking above them, a high flying Peregrine, bird in view for a short time as it moved out towards Plainmoor.

Posted October 6th at 1:24 pm by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam

Early am- 2 Ring Ouzels (male and juv/fw) in area to the left of tarmac track 300 yards before dam but generally elusive and last seen flying out into bracken on hillside - also a flock of 6 Jay, 8 Blackbirds, Bullfinch

Posted October 6th at 11:21 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Huish Marsh 05/10/2021

Spent an hour after work watching South Huish Marsh, 3 Snipe flew up, Sparrowhawk, several  Juvenile Lesser Black Backed Gulls and Herring Gulls

Lesser Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull
Snipe
Snipe

Posted October 6th at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Start Point

Walking from the car park at Start Point to the Lighthouse I saw a lots of Swallows, pipits meadow and Rock, a few stonechats.

Bird of prey around Start Point lighthouse.
Bird of prey around Start Point lighthouse.
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 6th at 12:03 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Velator

A lone unwell? Black-tailed Godwit by the scrape this morning. In the reserve Jay, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Sparrowhawk over. But star prize was finally seeing the main predator this yea - an Otter diving in and out of the duckweed.

Posted October 5th at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Still thousands of seabirds off in Lyme Bay feeding at the moment this morning a brief seawatch produced: 2 Great Skuas, 5 Arctic Skuas, 3 skua sp. Arctic/Pomarine, 1 1st w Little Gull, many Kittiwakes, Gannets and Gulls a pod of Common Dolphins, and several Harbour porpoises.

Around the headland: 23 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap. Overhead 2 Siskins, 30+ Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 19 Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail and 4 'alba' wagtails.

Posted October 5th at 12:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 4th October 2021

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching 13:00-17:00, building SSW/SW wind with showers: on arrival their were a huge amount of feeding seabirds in Lyme Bay, off the headland c500 Kittiwakes on the sea with c1500 in flight. Skuas attracted to the feeding and passing through included c42 Arctic,11 Bonxies and a juv Pomarine. Other birds seen: c25 Balearic Shearwaters, Little Gull (1w), 2 Common Terns (ad & juv), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1w) and 3 Common Gulls (1w). Cetaceans under the feeding birds included Harbour Porpoise and at least 2 pods of Common Dolphins. Wheatear in the quarry.

Posted October 4th at 9:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Cockwood - Exminster

From Cofton Steps were 4 G-c Grebes and a Sandwich Tern in the estuary, plus a single Cattle Egret with the herd in the fields to the South.

From Starcross Station were 50+ Turnstones feeding along the weedy pipe running into the estuary, and 40+ Brent Geese, my first of the Winter, distantly on the Exmouth side.

Off the Kenn outfall were 10+ each of Barwit and Greenshank.

In the Powderham Park, the Great Egret was in the river, but for the second week running, no ducks were visible on the lake. Two weeks ago Tufted and newly-returned Shelduck were there, plus Mallard etc., so something funny going on.

At Powderham corner, a Treecreeper was singing from the churchyard and a R-l Partridge from the stubble field adjacent.

Along the seawall, three Wheatears were finding plenty to feed on, and six or so Swallows were heading SW.

On Exminster Marsh, a Marsh Harrier was initially being harried by a Crow, but shortly afterwards was hunting calmly. Many Teal, but few of any other ducks. Wigeon seem to be especially late this year.

Back in Exeter, 10+ House Martins were feeding over the Trews Weir flood channel.

Posted October 4th at 7:45 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon at Fremington Pill a Spotted Redshank had a close encounter with a flying Redshank. Along the Tarka path just off Anchor Wood a Stonechat popped out of some bushes and landed on a nearby fence.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 4th at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Marsh Mills

This morning on the River Plym by the Sainsburys underpass. Goosanders 6, Common Sandpipers 2, Jay 1, Crows 4, Grey Wagtails 2, Mallards 5.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Goosander
Goosander

Posted October 4th at 5:38 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton

Nought of note on the scrape, but in the reserve a calling Cetti's Warbler, GSW, Jay, Kingfisher, 3 Mallard (unusual) Squirrel (pest|) no Butterflies (rain) 5 Long-tailed Tits. Best was over the marsh south of the reserve - a smart female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-bed.

Posted October 4th at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quick visit mid morning. Tide low so few waders on the marsh; 5 black-tailed godwits were all I saw. Duck numbers continue to build, with over 200 mallard and even more teal. Also a few pintail, shoveller and gadwall. The snow goose was with the Canada geese. A late hobby flew between the lagoon and canal. Other birds of prey included sparrow hawk (juv male), buzzard and one marsh harrier.

Posted October 4th at 12:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzels and Whinchat

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this morning, Grey Wag tail, flock of 18 plus Meadow Pipit (large numbers up towards the dam) Jay, Heron, Stonechat, Raven, Kestrel, Jay, GSWP, Goldcrest, Dipper, Raven, Dunnock, Wren.

In the Rowans below the dam to the left of the valley heading up, three Ring Ouzel (one adult female two juveniles) four Song Thrush and well into double figures of Blackbird, the Blackbirds were constantly chasing off the Ring Ouzels and Song Thrush, the tree they are feeding in was a little distant so a spotting scope would be useful. 

Below the dam a female Whinchat.

Not at great berry year so not sure how long the area will hold the Ouzels this year.

Ring Ouzel (Record shot only)
Ring Ouzel (Record shot only)
Whinchat female (record shot only)
Whinchat female (record shot only)

Posted October 4th at 11:20 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Little gull still @ South Huish Marsh 6pm 03/10/2021 and a few Med gulls

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted October 4th at 6:10 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Bundle Head, Shaldon

780 Meadow Pipits, 165 Linnets, 112 Goldfinches, 94 Swallows/hirundine species, 12 alba Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail south between 07:10 - 08:10.

Posted October 3rd at 10:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plym Saltram

Testing conditions at the Plym today, but there were 7 Mergansers just outside the meadow.

Posted October 3rd at 8:09 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two Juv/1st wint Marsh Harriers on Exminster during brief lunchtime visit. One Ruff, 40+ Hirundines, Peregrine & Kestrel best of the rest

Posted October 3rd at 7:31 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Went there at 4.15 this afternoon and just as I said to my wife 'hrrrumph nothing here today' 90+ black Tailed godwits flew in.  Good timing!

Posted October 3rd at 6:13 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Torbay

Berry Head ~ In the cover towards the headland at least five Chiffchaff, a flock of 25 plus Goldfinch, small numbers of Swallow constantly over the headland and Meadow Pipits in good numbers.

Over the sea, a Skua sp harassing a flock of Kittiwake, several Gannet over a pod of Porpoise.

Broadsands ~ A Tristis type Chiffchaff in the back car park, a flock of 100 plus Goldfinch and good numbers of Greenfinch. A Sparrowhawk interacting with a pair of soaring Buzzards and a Heron on the rocks.

Hopes Nose ~Buzzard, Chiffchaff, steady passage of small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of Gulls and Gannet following a trawler off of Anstey’s Cove, a count of 60 plus Great Black Backed Gulls.

Back home at South Brent a trickle of Swallow and a single House Martin, Sparrowhawk and Jay.

House Martin
House Martin
House Martin
House Martin

Posted October 3rd at 5:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar

A windy morning at Soar. Highlights a Merlin, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatears, 200+ Meadow Pipits, a trickle of Swallows, 6 Siskin and, best of all, a Quail, flushed from a field margin just east of Middle Soar Farm at 11.40 am. Disappeared over the hedge-bank into the next field. New one for me in Devon!

Posted October 3rd at 2:22 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Avon Dam

At least four Ring Ouzel seen. A group of three and then a lone male perched in Rowan for prolonged period. Otherwise quite active with  short views between downpours. 

Posted October 3rd at 2:18 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Teignmouth

Seawatch 07:15 - 08:45: 1050 Kittiwakes, eight Arctic Skuas, five Common Scoters, two Common Terns, Balearic Shearwater and Mediterranean Gull (all south). 

Posted October 2nd at 9:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 07:00-17:45 (with Dave Dawe all day). Afternoon proved better than morning once the heavy rain and wind moved through, heading south:

3 Sooty Shearwaters, 108 Balearic Shearwaters & single Manx Shearwater: 4 Pomarine (juv & 3 ads) Skuas, 88 Arctic Skuas, 7 Bonxies & 3 Skua sp. (2 of which most likely Long-tailed but ID not clinched); 5 European Storm-petrels; 2 Little Gulls (both 1w), 6 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ad, 2 1w), 1500+  Kittiwakes; 4 Fulmars; 2 Common Terns (both juvs), 2 Sandwich Terns, 592 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 15 Common Scoter, 100+ hirundines (mix) and c15 Common Dolphins.

Posted October 2nd at 7:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Brent Hill

Stonechats maintain their year-round presence on farmland hedges below Brent Hill. Yesterday (1 October) there were at least eight in a loose flock on one hedge, and seven of them (two in flight) appear in the photo. They typically fly out into the field to snatch prey items. Also two snipe (migrants?) in the field.

Seven stonechats on farmland hedge
Seven stonechats on farmland hedge

Posted October 2nd at 4:55 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Cockwood & Powderham Estate

43 Cattle Egret in Cockwood Valley, northern slope, this afternoon. 15+ Swallow too. 30+ Swallow, 5 House Martin & Sand Martin over Powderham Estate lake too

Posted October 2nd at 4:22 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Swallows Mid Devon

100+ gathered on wires Kennerleigh 11.30 a.m. In the rain.

Posted October 2nd at 1:04 pm by Richard Burston in Bird News

Berry Head

Berry Head- sea watching 7am-1045am- highlight a Storm Petrel very close in at 10am- also 44 Balearic Shears,25 Arctic Skuas plus Sandwich Tern,Med Gull, c75 House Martins, 25 Swallows 

Posted October 2nd at 11:54 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 1st October 2021

Dart Estuary

2 Ospreys an ad near to Dittisham and a juvenile at Duncannon, 41 Curlew roosting north of Blackness slip. 3 Harbour Seals and 4 Grey Seals along the river.

Posted October 1st at 9:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

River otter

A stroll down the river otter by otterton, plenty of beaver signs for sure including a few felled trees. Bird wise, 3 dippers, 10 grey wagtails, 3 kingfishers, little egret, morehen, gs and green woodpecker, buzzards being mobbed by the rooks and crows. Grey heron, teal, mallards, pheasants, little grebe, nuthatch, long tail/great/blue tit, robin, wren, dunnock, pied wagtail,

Posted October 1st at 9:25 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Wryneck in the River Mole Valley

27 Pied Wagtails feeding with the cattle,a flock of Goldfinch feeding on rose hips,7 Greenfinch in the orchard and a Kingfisher and Old Nog by the river.Best of all was a Wryneck….on the neighbours lawn.Non avian included 2 Commas…..not common this year……also 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 1st at 8:34 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Pomarine Skua, Dawlish

Juv Pomarine Skua, Harassing  Common Gulls offshore at Coryton Cove, at 6.20pm

Posted October 1st at 8:22 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

House Martins over Totnes

Wednesday and Thursday early evening perhaps 100 birds hawking over south central Totnes.  A fine sight.

Posted October 1st at 8:43 am by Philip Strange in Bird News

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