Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2021

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Black Kite

Shute

07 Jun

Honey-Buzzard

Soar

09 Oct

Caspian Gull

Exmouth

01 Dec

Honey-Buzzard

Thurlestone

13 Oct

Chough

Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct

Chough

Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua

Thurlestone

12 May

Common Rosefinch

Lundy

10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting

Lundy

17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]

Lundy

22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater

Lundy

07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis

Staverton

21 Dec

RC Starling

Lundy

01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr

Nightingale

Hallsands

26 May

Serin

Haldon

21 Aug

Nightingale

Wistlandpound

30 May

Tree Sparrow

Ilfracombe

22 Jan

Hooded Crow

Clovelly

03 Jun

Tree Sparrow

Haldon

14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Tuesday 30th November 2021

Wrafton Pond

Pleased to say that the ringed adult male Swan and one cygnet were present on the pond this morning, only other birds of note were 3 Gadwall. Over the Tarka trail on the scrape a Redshank again.

Still a couple of Jays in the reserve with a Kingfisher, GSW, Water Rail and Goldcrest. Buzzard and Kestrel nearby.

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 7:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth Shelly Beach

2 Black-necked grebes still off Shelly Beach around midday (previously seen by others on 28th and 29th - Jo King put me on them today). Towards Mudbank a male peregrine (unusually?) remained squatting on a 'grassy' sandbank (apparently with its feet in the water!) at the edge of the duckpond until the incoming tide flushed it into flight. On a larger sandbank two ravens attempted to kill a juvenile herring gull.  One had it pinned on the sand upside down and was stabbing at it with its bill, while the other stood close by warding off a murder of crows keen to join in. The first raven then dragged it along the sand by a wing before the gull managed to regain its feet, but its right wing appeared damaged. The ravens continued their attack it as it flapped desperately around the sandbank. I was then distracted by the peregrine and ten minutes later ravens and gull were no longer there. (Editors may advise that this post is too long).

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 5:48 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Best sightings on a rather dull afternoon were: 7+ Goosanders (2+ drakes), 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Grebes, 175 Dunlins & a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 4:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Hams, Monday 29th November

Additions to other posts:-

Beesands Ley: 2 female Lesser Scaups & dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Start Point: Black Redstart, Common Scoter, 3+ Bluefin Tunas & 30+ Common Dolphins.

Slapton Ley & beach: Black-necked Grebe, Snow Bunting, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad + 2nd-w) & thousands of Starlings putting on a good pre-roost show at Torcross.

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 4:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mount Batten Beach

Purple Sandpiper (1),  Turnstones (14), Med Gull (1), Rock Pipit (3)

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 2:45 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Braunton Marsh Whoopers

In passing today happy to report we spotted at least six adult Whooper Swans along with two 1st winter birds. Quite a flock. Also seen in the field with the scrape adjacent to the border road to the left of the 90° bend (if Burrows bound) were 30 plus Curlew, and 6 Lapwing....along with one female Ruff. No camera! We returned 10 minutes later having collected same... the ruff was gone! 

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 1:56 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram and River Plym, Plymouth

Good numbers of waders and good variety of species recorded for my WEBs survey this morning between 10.30 and 12.35:

Gulls: HG, BHG, CG, GBBG; Mallard, Wigeon, Shelduck, Canada Goose, Goosander, L Grebe, G Heron, L Egret, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Cormorant, Shag, Oystercatcher. 

John Lloyd

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 1:34 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Fremington Pill , Tuesday morning

Single Glossy Ibis , Grey Heron , Little Egret , Spotted Redshank , Greenshank , 30 + Black tailed Godwits , Kingfisher above sluice.

Posted November 30th, 2021 at 1:33 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Monday 29th November 2021

Skern and Northam Burrows

On the tide today large numbers of, Golden Plover, Brent Geese, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Lapwing, afew ringed plover, Skylark, Linnets, Goldfinch and Stonechat. 

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 6:37 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Wembury

Paul McEleny and I sifted through the many Rock and Meadow Pipits on the beach at Wembury until we eventually had great views of our target…Water Pipit, seen 150 metres away from the sewage pipe (in the direction of Wembury Church). Other notable birds were the singles of Sanderling and Common Sandpiper, a male Cirl Bunting  and 6 Med Gulls. We also had great views of a Stoat which was greeted by an angry mob of Rock Pipits and escorted from the premises.

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 6:31 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Haldon Forest, Slapton and Beesands

Haldon: Hawfinch west over Butterfly Walk at 10:15. On Butterfly circular walk - 6 Crossbill, 20+ Lesser Redpoll, 1+ Brambling, 30+ Siskin and usuals.

Slapton, off Memorial Car Park: Velvet Scoter offshore at 12:30 - found by another birder, but still present when I left at 13:00. Other sightings as per Rob Macklin.

Beesands: Ring-necked Duck still. No sign of 2 Lesser Scaup mid-afternoon, hopefully hiding/out of view. Single Pochard also on Ley. Great Northern Diver offshore. 

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 6:03 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Anchor wood

This afternoon at Fremington pill there were; 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank at the head of the pill, 2 Snipe and a couple of Black-tailed Godwits feeding on the water edge adjacent to the Bungalows and further on near the iron bridge was another Greenshank and a number of Black-tailed Godwits also saw a Curlew along the way.  On the riverbank near Anchor Wood there were 2 Shelduck and a Lapwing.

No Camera today.

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 4:22 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Braunton Marsh Whoopers....plural

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Whooper Swan returned from its summer holiday as reported by Rob yesterday we were delighted to find not one, but SIX! Of the small flock, four are Woppers, and there was one other individual separate from this group  

Five of the six Whoopers
Five of the six Whoopers
A closeup of one of the six Whoopers
A closeup of one of the six Whoopers

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 3:18 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Slapton Ley

2 Great Northern Diver & one Red-throated Diver plus c.30 Common Scoter offshore. On the ley Goldeneye, 5 Pochard.

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 2:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Two Purple Sandpiper by Tinside Lido. 

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Broadsands (Sun 28th)

From the Broadsands sea wall and towards Elberry Cove up to five Red Throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver, along the pathway male Stonechat, Wren and two Rock Pipit.

In the back car park five Cirl Bunting and a female Kestrel.

At Kerry Downs bridge, near South Brent, Treecreeper, flock of Long Tailed Tit and Goldcrest.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Treecreeper
Treecreeper

Posted November 29th, 2021 at 12:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 28th November 2021

Braunton Marshes

Welcome back

So pleased to see our close friend the Whooper Swan back again on Braunton Marshes & now as an adult looking in tip top condition.

It was first seen & identified as a juvenile by Malcolm Shakespeare on the Gaia Trust reserve during autumn /early winter 2020 & later moved onto Braunton Marshes for the remainder of the 20/21 winter. It departed in the spring of 2021. I wonder if it made it to Iceland during the breeding season? 



Posted November 28th, 2021 at 5:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A Firecrest was seen in the garden this morning..

Posted November 28th, 2021 at 4:51 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Ideford Common

The Snow Bunting found yesterday feeding along a path at Ideford Common was still there today. When disturbed, it merely flew up into the edge of the adjacent scrubby woodland for a while - the first time I've ever seen a Snow Bunting perched in  tree! The bird was at SX 90434 78381 (or  What3Words: called.received.guideline). It's not the same bird as the male at Slapton, despite suggestions that it might be.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting - in a tree!
Snow Bunting - in a tree!

Posted November 28th, 2021 at 4:34 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth.

This afternoon on Mountbatten beach was a Purple Sandpiper feeding with a flock of 15 Turnstone, also 3 Rock Pipit, Oystercatcher, Shag, Cormorants.

Posted November 28th, 2021 at 2:47 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Velator

I didn't see any live Swans on Wrafton Pond this morning. One was dead in the reed-bed across form the viewing platform and another was being eaten by a Crow at the far end of the pond. I'm not sure what the cause of this is, but the bread-feeding brigade are still much in evidence, although there seem to be fewer Rats at present. I think (I'm not certain about this) that some rodent control people were here a few weeks back... hmmm.

6 Shoveler and 4 Wigeon there. In and around the reserve, a female Marsh Harrier over the reed-bed at Sherpa was causing much consternation: a large flock of Golden Plover and a few Curlews were in the air with a few Ducks. Little Egret, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 each of Water Rail, Jay. Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, and single Kingfisher and Redwing, plus the usual Tits, Blackbirds and Finches.

Posted November 28th, 2021 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Great White Egret flew over Powderham Marsh this morning. Also 24 Teal, 203 Lapwing, Water Rail and Ad M Sparrowhawk. Otherwise small numbers of passerines & thrushes 

Posted November 28th, 2021 at 1:36 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 27th November 2021

Exeter Riverside Park

Walking the dog around Riverside Park in a bitterly cold wind  - a handful of thrushes (4 Blackbirds, 4 Fieldfares, 1 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush) and surprisingly, a single Swallow, quartering the grassy areas.

Posted November 27th, 2021 at 3:28 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

No great change today: 7 Goosanders (3 drakes), drake Teal, 23 Mandarin Ducks, 24 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebes, 3 Shags, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshanks & a Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 27th, 2021 at 3:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton

late post for am Friday 26th November: 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Ley (southern end) and at least 2 GN Divers and 20 Common Scoter on the sea. 

Posted November 27th, 2021 at 9:46 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 26th November 2021

Taw Estuary - North Gut to Ashford Strand

A short walk along the Tarka trail produced 7 Black tailed Godwits, 5 fm Goosander & a family of 10 foraging Long tailed tits as well as a small charm of Goldfinch in the vegetation alongside the trail.


Posted November 26th, 2021 at 4:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Today's sightings included: 16 Turnstones, 8 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 170 Dunlins, Snipe, 3 Little Grebes, at least 6 Goosanders (3+ drakes), drake Teal, 24 Wigeon, 17+ Mandarin Ducks, Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull "PHAU", Grey Wagtail & 2 Stonechats.

Posted November 26th, 2021 at 3:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Beesands Ley 0900-1000

Male Ring-necked Duck and two female/imm Lesser Scaup showing sporadically from the hide and from the bench on the seaward side of the ley this morning. Reeds hamper visibility at both locations.

Posted November 26th, 2021 at 11:42 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Thursday 25th November 2021

River Otter

A recent walk from Ottery St Mary to Tipton St John along the river revealed Dippers, Grey Wagtails, 2 Little Grebes, Little Egret, Cormorant and Buzzards. 

Dipper
Dipper
Little Grebes
Little Grebes

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 9:45 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon.

c120 Lapwing on the high ground above the Orchard with 4 Buzzards present. A Dipper and L Egret below on the River Tale. A Jay carrying an acorn looked very pleased with himself!

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 5:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

3 prs mandarin duck together with c. 30 mallard upstream Gosford Bridge, Ottery St Mary

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a lovely sunny morning: 7 Goosanders (2 drakes), 24 Wigeon, 24 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Little Grebes, 162 Dunlins, c20 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, 8 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk, 3 Stonechats, Bullfinch (male) & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 4:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

09:06 - 10:50

Highlights: Common Gull amongst the Black-headed. Pair of Pochard. Gadwall, Tufted, Pintail, Teal and Shelduck. Single Avocet. Mistle Thrush by the railway bridge.

Greenshank (3), Common Gull (2) on Goosemoor.

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Devon

8 blackbirds (plus fieldfare and mistle thrush) on garden windfalls and large numbers of blackbirds in the East Devon lanes - must be a fall of continental birds

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 12:25 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Small wader at Trews Weir, Exeter

Whilst walking the dog this morning, a small wader on concrete siding to weir on the flood relief channel side of the weir, I presume a Common Sandpiper, no bins or camera to confirm identity.

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 11:38 am by Lyndon Hughes in Bird News

Wembury

Water Pipit along the beach at Wembury yesterday, flighty and mobile with the Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits but always eventually returning to the beach near the sewage pipe. Also a Common Sandpiper along the waterline. 

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted November 25th, 2021 at 7:47 am by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Exe Estuary

A 20-minute scan from Dawlish Warren this morning produced 4 G N  and 1 R-t Divers, 20+ Common Scoters and 15+ G-c Grebes.

In the estuary, from Starcross were 14 R-b Mergansers and 50+ Barwits, and, between Turf and Topsham, 7-800 Golden Plovers, 600+ Lapwings and 300+ Avocets. Did not attempt to count the many hundreds of Brents, Dunlin or Blackwits. Common Gull numbers noticeably up.

On Exminster Marsh were a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine (adult m., so not the bird that was here in October).

Eighty+ spp. for the day, including the pair of Tawny Owls calling from Belle Isle Park as I type.

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 9:06 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Clennon Lakes, Paignton

Bit of an influx of Chiffchaffs today 10+ collybita types and 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs - two together at top end and another at bottom end stream. Also Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail and rare at site a Wigeon! 

   Siberian Chiffchaffs Clennon Lakes 24 Nov 2021 ML      Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 24 Nov 2021 ML

                 Two Siberian Chiffchaffs                                         single Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 8:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Widdicombe (Beesands) Ley

09:56 - 13:01

Male Ring-necked Duck and two Lesser Scaup were the highlights. A single Pochard was also present.

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 8:10 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Haldon Forest park

Bit slow to start with around the Haldon Forest Park this morning, just on tick over around the feed station, small numbers of Siskin, Nuthatch, GSWP, Pied Wagtail and Song Thrush, a fly over Crossbill. Plenty of Chaffinch but no sign of the recent Brambling's.

Around the corner by the admin buildings a flock of 15 plus Crossbill feeding in on pine cones brightened rather dull day.

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 7:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator reserve.

I was joined by Andy Lansdell today while I was ringing. We eventually recorded 25 birds ringed including a Redwing, 6 more Greenfinch, 6 Blackbirds, a Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warblers, plus some other locals. Retraps included 2 Robins with 'S' rings from 2016, and one of the Jays ringed recently. Of note we recorded 41 species in, over or close to the reserve, the highlights being a  single Fieldfare, and a Merlin which flew North over the reserve carrying prey, and returned South a while later unencumbranced. At least 6 Water Rails heard. 

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 6:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

400 plus finches feeding on the bird mix …..in particular the fodder radish…….mainly Chaffinch but 60 Brambling present……the most seen at this site……..also Bullfinch Greenfinch Linnet and Goldfinch.Many Dunnock foraging along with 80 Pheasant.35 Fieldfare still feasting in the orchard along with 18 Blackbird and a Magpie.90 Starling feeding mainly on worms and dung beetle/larvae.Non avian included 5 Roe Deer and several bumblebees taking advantage of the afternoon sun.Tawny Owls hooting in abundance this evening……at least 5 individuals.

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Chagford

Today at a roadside near Chagford there were a number of Fieldfare, a Wren, two Coal tits, a Great tit, numerous Blackbirds and a single Great spotted woodpecker.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 6:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Skern > Northam Burrows

A visit to the Skern & Northam Burrows this morning before a Covid booster vaccination this aft..

Good numbers of birds on the Skern on a falling tide inc c1500 Golden Plover, 3 Ruff, Brent Geese, Shelduck, Curlew, Dunlin, Sanderling,Grey & Ringed Plover & Redshank.

3 Snow Bunting still on Northam Burrows.



Posted November 24th, 2021 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Offshore, 300 Guillemots, 30+ Razorbills, 5 Common Scoters, 2 Kittiwakes & a Fulmar in nice calm conditions. However mammals stole the show with c20 Harbour Porpoises & 35+ Common Dolphins putting on a good show. three Fieldfares in the bushes.

Later, on Brixham breakwater, a Purple Sandpiper and 11 Turnatones.

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

River Taw Barnstaple

12 + Goosanders ( 1m & 11 brown-heads ) , 1 Goldeneye f , 50 + Black-tailed Godwits , 1 Peregrine giving the 100s of Lapwings hell & 1 Snipe .


Posted November 24th, 2021 at 4:49 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Snow Bunting

A trip to South Hams with Rupert Ormerod and Dick Andrew to see the Snow Bunting, Lesser Scaup and the RN Duck was the plan. If you are going for the Snow Bunting be aware it could be on the beach amongst the Shingle as it was this am. We walked right by thankfully on our return it was pointed out to us on the beach movement gave it away so be warned!!. What a stunning bird. Lesser Scaup and RN Duck was also seen, and a bonus 2 GN Divers off Slapton Sands so a good morning.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
1 of 2 Lesser Scaup
1 of 2 Lesser Scaup

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 4:25 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Beesands

Both female Lesser Scaups still at Beesands ley today favouring the south side of the ley close to the reeds either side of the hide but probably best viewed more distantly from the seaward side of the ley looking back - plus the drake R N Duck still there 

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 2:29 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

28 Goosander 8m 20f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Willow Tit, 3 Gadwall 2m 1f, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant.

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Juvenile Whooper Swan. 


Posted November 24th, 2021 at 1:14 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Snipe 5, Wrens 2, Meadow pipits 8, Stonechats 6, Starlings 30+, Redwings 12, Buzzard 1, Raven 1, and a solitary GWP. 2 cock Blackcaps in the Yucca tree in our Plympton back garden.

Wren
Wren
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted November 24th, 2021 at 10:17 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Exminster Marshes

On a visit this morning, most notable were a Marsh Harrier seen flying from above the scrapes, heading W then out of sight (09.20); two Cattle Egret with a Grey Heron in the field inland from the Turf Locks marina (11.00).

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 6:09 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Skern

1 Black Redstart.

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 5:30 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Slapton beach

I feel obliged to send a image of the Snow Bunting, which was a very smart specimen!

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 5:04 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Beesands and Slapton

Drake Ring-necked Duck and 2 female/immature Lesser Scaup at Beesands. While the Ring-necked kept with Tufties, the Lesser Scaup (which slept a lot) kept on their own; one has more restricted white around the bill base, but both have only black on the nail at the bill-tip. Also 2 Cattle Egrets, 3 Pochard, Black Swan and Kingfisher. Earlier, the confiding male Snow Bunting was still just south of the Memorial car park at Slapton.

Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Ring-necked Duck (back left)
Ring-necked Duck (back left)

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 5:02 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Haldon

Two Brambling with finch flock on feeders next to Segway hire. 12:00pm

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 4:39 pm by Alex Farris in Bird News

Cockington Court, Torquay

A 1-2pm search of the orchard above and behind the court produced around 5 fieldfares and 10-12 redwing, also a significant influx of blackbirds. Other birds included 2 jays, 2 greenfinch, goldfinches, robins, great tits, carrion crow and a buzzard.

Redwing
Redwing
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 3:55 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Soar

Checked out the best sites for winter birds finding 133 Yellowhammer, 45 Cirl Bunting, 630 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, 350 Starling. Sadly looks like wintering raptors & owls are a thing of the past!

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A sharp increase in Dunlin to 128 on the early high tide; also, 2 Teal, 2+ Little Grebes, 24 Wigeon, 26 Mandarin Ducks, Black-tailed Godwit, Siskin, 2 Stonechats & 11 Roe Deer.

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 2:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday 22nd

14 Goosander 4m 10f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 1m Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron, Good numbers of Teal and Mallard.

Posted November 23rd, 2021 at 9:20 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 22nd November 2021

Dawlish Warren & Haldon Forest

Nice day at Dawlish Warren today. Nothing too exciting but 1700+ Dunlin, 45 Knot, 20+ Barwit, 20+ Grey Plover, 60 Shelduck, 200+ Brent G, 5 RB Merg, 12 Great C Grebe, 1st Med Gull, Kestrel & Kingfisher were the best bits.

Later at Haldon Forest Butterfly Walk 2 Hawfinch

Posted November 22nd, 2021 at 9:26 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Godborough Reserve

Small flock of Redwing enjoying the abundant berries in the reserve this afternoon. 

Posted November 22nd, 2021 at 6:09 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

South Molton

6 lapwing in field with sheep. Also c. 50 redwing 12 fieldfare, 1 skylark. In garden, yesterday and today red admiral feeding on Mahonia nectar.

Posted November 22nd, 2021 at 5:12 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

Slapton

Snow bunting remains at the south end of the memorial car park at the top of the beach by the path.

Posted November 22nd, 2021 at 4:15 pm by Dave scott in Bird News

Spoonbill on the Teign

1 Spoonbill at high tide on the mud spit at Passage House, Newton Abbot this morning. Difficult viewing as it spent most of the time asleep, with the sun immediately behind!

Spoonbill on Teign at Passage House
Spoonbill on Teign at Passage House

Posted November 22nd, 2021 at 11:52 am by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Sunday 21st November 2021

Fremington Area

 Good views despite the drizzle of 4 Glossy Ibis and  the Spotted Redshank at  Fremington Pill North Devon on Saturday. Same area plenty of Black-tailed Godwit Redshank and Greenshank with with Widgeon on the river. A pair of Roe Deer finished off a pleasant walk. Report of all 4 Glossy Ibis and Spot Red still there today

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 10:32 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Hole Farm

Green sandpiper at Hole Marsh 

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 8:55 pm by William Watson in Bird News

Instow

Today around lunchtime I spotted a female Blackcap on a bush near the Army gateway to the beach.  Got a very poor quality photo.

Female Blackcap
Female Blackcap

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 6:04 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Cockington Court, Torquay

Flocks of winter thrushes in the orchard behind the Court included 10+ fieldfare, 2+ redwing, blackbirds, mistle thrush. Also a kestrel, female sparrowhwak, jays, linnets and bullfinch.

Fieldfare
Fieldfare
Sparrowhawk, female
Sparrowhawk, female

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the falling tide, this morning: 4 Lapwings, drake Goosander, 12 Wigeon, 2 Common Sandpipers, Little Grebe, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, 2 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Red Admirals.

Yesterday, at Efford Marsh, an obliging Dipper, Marsh Tit & Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Black Redstart - Brixham

Single Black Redstart on the new Berry Head Park estate. Quite mobile, flitting across the rooftops. Noted Friday 19th.

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 7:43 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Longdown Hawfinches

I have now returned to Hungary but it was encouraging that over 30 Hawfinches were recorded in their traditional areas in the Longdown area. Most of the birds are actve on private estate land and  the Hornbeam food source this year is large and widespread.. 

Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours 

Posted November 21st, 2021 at 7:27 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

Saturday 20th November 2021

Efford Marsh

7 Whooper swans- 2 adult 5 juv. Flew up from river at 9:30flying south. Also Pectoral sandpiper seen at end of tidal road.

Eds - Presumably refers to South Efford Marsh

 

Posted November 20th, 2021 at 7:21 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

South Huish

The Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit still present this morning and showing well. This afternoon at Slapton, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter and several Shag on the sea, and my first Snow Bunting on the shingle.

Posted November 20th, 2021 at 4:58 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Haldon

A flock of 40 plus Crossbill at Haldon forest park today, Jay, numerous sightings of GSWP, Raven, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, high light was a Merlin.

16 Fallow deer all hinds inc two pure white specimens.

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted November 20th, 2021 at 4:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 19th November 2021

Dawlish Warren & Starcross

Scanned from the seawall for 45 mins this morning. Results were 5+ G N Diver, 2 R-t Diver, 20+ G-c Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Razorbills and a Guillemot.

At lunchtime, walked up the lanes inland from Starcross and eventually got a distant view of the dairy herd. Maximum Cattle Egret count over 5 sweeps was 52. 

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 4:42 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Coryton cove, Dawlish

4x  Great Northern Diver, 2x Slavonian Grebe and 5 x Common scoter offshore this afternoon

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 3:21 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Plympton

Firecrest in gardens in Compass Drive again.

Record shot of Firecrest
Record shot of Firecrest

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 1:15 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lower Lake.

5f Goosander, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Tawny Owl, 4 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Gadwall, 1 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, 4m Tufted Duck, 

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 1:00 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry (Woodbury Common)

10 Goosander this morning. Pity that this area will eventually be opened to the public

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 9:09 am by Dick Andrews in Bird News

Exe Birdwatching Cruise

As always plenty to see on these cruises with DB Brent Geese and Widgeon now seen throughout the estuary. Good numbers of Godwits from Lympstone to Topsham with increasing numbers of Dunlin. Avocets are always great to see with 2-300 from Clyst confluence to Topsham. Highlights were the 40+ Great Crested Grebe flock off the Clyst Confluence (the most I've seen on the Exe) and the 1000+ Golden Plover roost north on Turf lock.  

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 9:06 am by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sidbury

Yesterday (Thursday 18) while in Sidbury this Kestrel was seen perched on a electricity pole across a field from the country lane that I was driving along. 

Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted November 19th, 2021 at 1:26 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 18th November 2021

Teignmouth Seafront, 15:30 today

A few Gannets and gulls offshore. My first Great Northern Diver of the 'season' also.

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 10:49 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

Snow Bunting still close to Memorial car park today around 1:00 pm andRing necked duck still at Beesands Ley at 2:00pm today

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 10:42 pm by Mike Goss in Bird News

Haldon

Hawfinches 2, Crossbills, Siskins ,Chaffinches, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. Tits, Goldcrests, Raven, Crows, Jays, Magpies, W. Pigeons, Dunnock, Wren, Redwing, Sparrowhawk,  Buzzard 

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 8:43 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

South Huish

Meadow, Rock and Water Pipits, Pectoral Sandpiper, Mallards, Wigeon, Teal, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Little Egret, Med. Gull, Snipe, Redwing, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Buzzards, Kestrel

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Snipe
Snipe

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 8:31 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Exmouth Cricket Club

Female firecrest in bushes and trees along footpath behind the club around 1pm

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 8:04 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Haldon

A flock of 30 crossbill between the rangers station and butterfly trail pylons. 5 hawfinch in butterfly trail pylon area.

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 4:34 pm by Dave scott in Bird News

Slapton Ley & Sands

09:44 - 11:03

Confiding male Snow Bunting and Cetti’s Warbler were the highlights.

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 3:18 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

At dawn, 34 Golden Plover resting at the top of the down. First birds on the deck I've seen on the down. Normally just a flyover species.

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 8:46 am by Chris E in Bird News

Fremington Pill

The 4 Glossy Ibis still at the Pill , 08.00 this morning.

Posted November 18th, 2021 at 8:08 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Snow Bunting Slapton

A rather handsome bird showed well yesterday afternoon at the southern end of the Memorial car park, between the sand and the path. The bird was relaxed enough to come to within 10 meters and with a big lens I was able to bag some good record shots. How I saw it when I arrived I will never know as it was very well camouflaged on the sand. This meant I was able to point it out to a couple who had travelled and spent some time searching for it.



Posted November 17th, 2021 at 8:50 pm by John wilkes in Bird News

Aish Tor/Dr Blackall's Drive

1 Merlin late afternoon fast overhead, having a go at a Meadow Pipit then heading on over the valley towards Bench Tor.

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 8:11 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Soar

A concentrated bunting search turned up 71 Cirl Bunting, 128 Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting. Also: Woodcock, 22 Teal, 48 Meadow Pipit, 65 Stock Dove, 390 Starling, Mistle Thrush heading north, Redwing, 15 Jackdaw E & 104 Goldfinch.

Non-avian: 6 Sika stags, 17 Row Deer & 2 Red Admirals.

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 6:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hawfinches Darnaford (Longdown)

Interestingly the birds changed their food source today to Hornbeam seed. Hornbeam seed crop is very good in this woodland this year. Numbers similar to yesterday (32 birds). 

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 4:44 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today I dropped into Wrafton pond were there were at least two dead Swans. One male & female Shoveler, one Little Grebe and three Wigeon one male and two female. 

One dead Swan
One dead Swan
Male Shoveler
Male Shoveler

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 4:30 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note today, but 2 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, Sparrowhawk & 2 shags around; and - despite the tide not being fully up - birds on Blaxton Meadow included 48 Curlews, 20 Wigeon, 9 Greenshanks & 16 Dunlins. Also, 7 Roe Deer.

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 4:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon

A brief morning walk round the forest looking for Hawfinches...unsuccessfully but rewarded with distant views of these lovely Crossbills.

Common Crossbills
Common Crossbills
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 3:05 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

5f Goosander, 1m Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3m Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Tit.

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 2:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill Glossy count rising ...

11:45 am two Glossy Ibis joined the one already in the Pill, by the wildlifearea outfall, making three....so far 

Three Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill
Three Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 12:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill/Quay

This morning ; 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Greenshanks , 1 Sparrowhawk m , 1 Kingfisher , 1 Common Sandpiper , 130 + Balck-tailed Godwits & 4 Glossy Ibis. 

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 9:25 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Brixham

Firecrest in bushes near Berry Head Farm.

Posted November 17th, 2021 at 9:10 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Haldon Hawfinches

Several sightings throughout the day between 11:00 and 15:30 ranging from below the pylons and the clearing off the Butterfly Walk. Largest group was five, with other groups of two and three. Always distant and in dull conditions. Record shots only. Redpolls also active.there.

Hawfinch
Hawfinch
Hand held phone scope
Hand held phone scope

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 11:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

We saw an excellent range of species on today's Stuart Line cruise, including an estuary record(?) of at least 38 Great Crested Grebes, (37 together off Exton!) and a Short-eared Owl overhead there later. A Spotted Redshank was at Topsham, plus large roosting flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing, many godwits, Dunlins and Avocets feeding, and smaller numbers of Knot. A Mediterranean Gull was off Powderham and both Grey and Harbour Seals were hauled out. Not to be outdone, pairs of Black Swans (Exton) and Egyptian Geese (Topsham) represented the feral brigade. Mike Langman takes the credit for finding several of the good birds, including one of the male Black Redstarts among the sailing boats at Exmouth.

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 10:56 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon at Fremington Pill - spotted redshank, 2 glossy ibis and dozens of black-tailed godwits still present

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 9:23 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Haldon

2 Hawfinch still by pylons near Butterfly Walk at1.55pm- earlier 5 had been seen 

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 7:30 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A relatively brief check on this afternoon's high tide produced: 6 Goosanders, 17 Mandarin Ducks, 17 Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshanks & c50 Pied Wagtails. 

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 5:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Late news from yesterday: ringing was the best this autumn so far with 56 birds ringed, mainly Finches with 14 Green, 9 Gold 4 Chaff and one Bull. Plus 6 Blackbird 3 Redwing and a Song Thrush, 2 GSW, 4 Chiffchaff, plus the third Jay of the autumn! I'm sure there are more in there too. Best bird was a Woodcock, which flew out early and missed the nets.

Today it seemed very busy - 30+ each of Gold and Greenfinch, 4 smart male Bullfinch, at least 2 Water Rails, a very close female Marsh Harrier, 2 Jays, 4 Chiffs. Nearby a pair of Stonechats, Little Egret and Grey Heron. Raven and Kestrel over. Kingfisher zoomed over the pond. Dipper and Grey Wagtail in the river.

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 4:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

A mixed flock of 300 finches feeding on the bird mix….mainly Chaffinch but also Brambling,Goldfinch,Greenfinch and Bullfinch……..observed by 2 Buzzards and a female Sparrow Hawk. The field until recently grazed by cattle attracted 60 Starling,50 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing,25 Meadow Pipits And 6 Pied Wagtails…….the benefits of not using anthelmintics clearly visible!

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 2:53 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Saltram

Just a brief visit this morning at low tide. Birds of note included Dipper, Kingfisher, Goosander 2 (M&F), Wigeon 4, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, a pair of Stonechats and 30+ Siskin. A total of 50 species seen.

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon.

Further to the post from John Reeves I visited Escot this morning to reconnoitre for a coming East Devon Branch field walk.

The marshy enclosure near the car park produced Goldcrest while marshy ground in the valley produced a pair of Stonechat.  The Millenium Orchard gave me a dozen Fieldfare and a small flock of LT Tit while over head a flock of c20 Redwing flew west. The field north of the orchard contained 8 Buzzard and c40 Lapwing some Pied Wagtails and Herring Gulls. For some reason this area attracts birds.

Note the road from Fairmile to Escot is open although signs suggest the road is closed.

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 12:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Hawfinches

25 Hawfinches this morning at Darnaford (Longdown) with a further 7 closer to Longdown village. 

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 10:26 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

Woodbury Castle

Grey Wagtail yesterday afternoon within the fort itself.

Posted November 16th, 2021 at 10:12 am by David Gray in Bird News

Monday 15th November 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

6 Goosander 2m 4f (09:00), 1 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Cormorant, 6m Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Jay, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Snipe 1, 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 8:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Escot Park

A walk through Escot Park to the apple orchard to the north saw a number of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the apples Also amongst the 3 or 4 Buzzards in the area, this striking pale morph individual came close. 


Posted November 15th, 2021 at 8:01 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

South Huish

This morning Teal, Little Egrets, Snipe, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Starlings, Goldfinches, Oystercatchers, Buzzard, the Pectoral Sandpiper and a Water Pipit....my thanks to Mike Passman for locating it.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 7:24 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Isley - Barnstaple

At lunchtime on the marsh were three Spoonbills, one definitely a juvenile, the others I couldn't tell, and in the estuary were a G-c Grebe, unusual here I think, several hundred Lapwings and over a hundred Shelducks.

Later at Fremington were two Ibis, a Little Grebe and over a hundred Blackwits, but no Spotted Redshank alas.

Finally, just below the bypass at Barnstaple, and the highlight for me, were seven Goosanders, making seventy spp. for the day.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 7:18 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Northam Burrows.

Mid morning, 1Brent,large flock of Golden Plover, 20 ish Lapwing, 2 Snow Bunting, 2Dunlin and a small flock of Larks. 

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 5:42 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Northam Burrows

My first Black Redstart (male) popped up this afternoon, whilst filming waterbirds.

Black Redstart (male) (front)
Black Redstart (male) (front)
Black Redstart (male) (back)
Black Redstart (male) (back)

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 5:20 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Northam Burrows (Skern)

Male Black Redstart this afternoon

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 4:10 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

First winter farmland bird count in benign conditions and surprisingly good numbers: 111 Yellowhammer, 630 Skylark, 75 Chaffinch, 180 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 360 Starling, 5 Redwing, 40 Blackbird, 36 Stock Dove, 350 Woodpigeon, Golden Plover, 28 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch & 22 Teal.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Again some unusually strong visible migration (for this far into Nov) yesterday and today. Notable totals:

Chaffinch 1,765 (14th) & 561 (15th); Siskin 80 (14th) & 212 (15th); Brambling 19 (14th) & 6 (15th), Woodpigeon 804 (14th). Almost all the Chaffinches and Siskins moving E or SE into what little wind there was. Majority of Woodpigeons heading W. Highest counts of other species (mostly 14th): 284 Starling, 59 Redwing, 68 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 30 Linnet, 6 Greenfinch, 18 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. Small numbers of grounded thrushes and Goldcrests in the scrub.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 2:26 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Beesands

Ring- necked duck, Black swan, and 3 Cattle egrets in island trees from Beesands hide. 2 pm today.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 2:02 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Berry Head

07.30-10am: Overhead earlier on: 430 Wood Pigeon, 51 Stock Dove, 36 Starling, 47 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Bullfinch, 4 Linnets, 11 Skylark, 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle and 2 Song Thrush. Around the headland; 6 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap 1 Coal Tit, 3 flocks of Long-tailed Tit total 28.

Posted November 15th, 2021 at 12:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 14th November 2021

Fremington Pill

Today I popped over to Fremington pill where there were a good number of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks, a Little Grebe, two Glossy Ibis, a Spotted Redshank and a couple of Little Egrets.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 10:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Briefly, late afternoon. Lovely conditions. The two Snow Buntings in the same place on the path at the top of the beach just south of the Memorial car park (despite the Sunday afternoon crowds), a very smart Slavonian Grebe just offshore and then a fabulous performance from the Starlings coming into the Ireland Bay reedbeds.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 8:13 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Exminster Marshes, Dawlish Warren Seafront today

BGM: First winter Marsh Harrier quartering over the reeds, Snipe, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, a few Pintail amongst the winter ducks. At the platform, Cetti’s and Kingfisher. Goat Walk: around 150 Lapwing and circa 230 Avocet. Exminster Marshes: two 1st winter Marsh Harriers together, great views of two Raven, a Kestrel and a Peregrine, three further sightings of single Marsh Harriers.  Dawlish Warren seafront: lots of Gannets way out, two Great Crested Grebes and two Red Breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 6:06 pm by Simon and Karen Bates in Bird News

Efford Valley, Plymouth.

A walk round this morning produced 3 Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Raven, 17 Ring-necked Parakeets feeding on apples put out for them and a Firecrest by the doctor's surgery.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 6:03 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's rising tide:

5 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk flew over. Grazing in fields overlooking the Tamar was a flock of 450+ Canada geese together with 3 Barnacle geese. Also, 66 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 4:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Whilst my son and I were working on our plot on Saturday we saw a group of four Goldcrests feeding in the conifers, Blue Tits, male and female pheasants, Rooks, Jackdaws flying over along with a Buzzard and a Red Admiral perched on some logs during a brief sunny interlude.  

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 3:51 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

13/11/21: 3 Siskins, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Shag & 5 Roe Deer. Little additional on a brief check today, but drake Goosander, 17 Turnstones & 14 Dunlins seen.

Earlier, today, 2 Harbour Porpoises & an adult Mediterranean Gull off Heybrook.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 3:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great northern diver, Dawlish

1 GND on sea off Coryton cove yesterday, plus 2 flying past.

Also 6 Common Scoter in flight

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 2:55 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Velator

Dipper and Meadow Pipit (having a bath!) in the river today. Kingfisher in the reserve, with 2 Water Rail, Treecreeper, lots of Goldfinch - feeding on Teazels and Alder cones - the Tit flock contained Blue, Great and LT Tits as well as a Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 male Bullfinch, a female GSW (nearby) and Chaffinches. Overhead 3 Buzzards - one being harassed by Jackdaws. Speckled Wood butterfly was a surprise.

On Wrafton Pond 3 Wigeon and 2 each of Gadwall and Shoveler.

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 2:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two 1st wint Marsh Harriers still on Exminster Marsh this morning. 220 Wigeon, 75+ Teal, 25 Shoveler, 420 Golden Plover & 150+ Lapwing. Also 3 singing Cetti’s Warbler & Water Rail. 

Posted November 14th, 2021 at 9:44 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 13th November 2021

Velator

Grey Wagtail in the river, and only 1 Jay in the reserve today along with Treecreeper, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Kestrel, 4/5 Chiffchaffs (part of a large Tit flock including several Long-tailed Tits). Finches were buzzing around in the warmth, mostly Goldfinches.

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 8:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

First Jack Snipe of the winter and plenty of activity in the orchard.Fieldfares feasting on the fallen apples when not chasing off the Blackbirds who in turn were intimidating the Song Thrush.Marsh Tits on the feeders with Long-tailed Tits and Nuthatch as well as the usuals.A pair of Bullfinch feeding on the damson buds .Elsewhere on the farm 6 Mistle Thrush and flocks of Redwing and more Fieldfare passing through as well as Old Nog waiting on the river bank.Non avian included 4 Red Admirals and 4 Roe Deer.

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 7:13 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Beesands Ley

11.45

A cracking drake Ring-necked Duck in front of the hide. A Black Swan added some colour too! 

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 7:12 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Two Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill today



Posted November 13th, 2021 at 7:10 pm by Paul Hilder in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon visit produced all of the usual suspects. Of noted 6 Goosander (f), 40+ Pied Wagtail in with the cows and a Firecrest near Longbridge. Very busy.

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Haldon forest two Hawfinch. 13th Nov 2021

At least two Hawfinch at Haldon, in usual place by the pylons. Sat in the pines above the Hornbeam trees.  50°39'16.75"N 3°35'54.91"W

Record shot
Record shot

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 5:35 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thurlestone

Went to Thurlestone this morning to see if the Desert Wheatear was still hanging around, unfortunately it hadn't be seen since friday morning. Hundreds of Starling flying around. Headed over to South Huish Marsh to see the Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit. Lots of Meadow and Rock Pipets about, Teal, Wigeon, Egrets, Herons, Snipe, Greenfinches,  

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 3:57 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

South Huish Marsh.

Excellent views of Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit on the overflow area this morning. No sign of the Desert Wheatear on Leasfoot Beach.

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 12:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

House Martin, now 5, still around at 08.30 this morning

Posted November 13th, 2021 at 11:32 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Friday 12th November 2021

Blackborough

Sadly, no sign of the Hawfinches seen in the churchyard here yesterday. We spent about 40 mins scouring the adjacent area at about 3p.m.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 8:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

St James school , Exeter

Whilst outside St James school , two flocks containing c25 and c20 redwing flew overhead .

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 6:27 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Slapton field meeting

A group of 26 members of Devon Birds gathered for the Plymouth Branch field meeting. The highlight of the day was close views of very confiding Snow Bunting, seen from the beach, feeding on seeds on the edge of the grassy bank and on the shingle. At first we had one stunningly marked male bird who was subsequently joined by a female. In all we had 48 species including Firecrest and Peregrine. Report to follow in club news section.  John Lloyd 

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 6:22 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Exeter & Darts Farm

Lots of Redwing around Alphington in Exeter today, and first Fieldfare. Darts Farm, more flocks of Redwing, Brambling, 50+ Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 6:21 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Twitchen South Molton

A Red Kite flew over Twitchen in a south easterly direction at 11am.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Martin Worsfold in Bird News

Stover

On Stover Lake this morning were 3 Shoveler (2 males & 1 female), a female Pochard and a Little Grebe.

Most surprising bird was a Curlew. I heard it calling, then saw it fly around the lake a few times before it gained height and flew off.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 4:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Winter arrivals

Several hundred fieldfare and redwing in valley below Ripon Tor (Cold East Cross) actively feeding on berries .Also a Jack Snipe and numerous Blackbirds and Carrion Crows. Single Buzzard and mixed finch flocks.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 2:14 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

2 Swallows joined the House Martins still around at 11.15 this morning before flying S.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 11:40 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Berry Head

Good Thrush movement this morning (still going when I left) 07.30-09.30: 9,000+ Redwing, 38 Fieldfare, 11 Brambling, 32 Chaffinch, 1 Grt Spt Woodpecker,1 Curlew, 2 Siskin, 3 Skylark. Around Head: 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Mediterranean Gull ad at sea and 6-7 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 11:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

0730-0900. Up to 3 Brambling (1 in quarry vegetation, then flew N at 0735, 1 over at 0830, unsure on direction, 1 perched near wood at 0900 - could be same bird of course). Great Northern Diver, Red-breasted Merganser and Common Scoter E. Good movement of auks and Kittiwakes. Easily 200+ Redwing over, several Fieldfare too.

Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 10:52 am by Chris E in Bird News

Lipson Plymouth Black Redstart

For the 4th year running Female Black Redstart in Lipson, Plymouth



Posted November 12th, 2021 at 9:24 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

4 House Martin feeding over the Manor 0815 - 0820 this morning.

Posted November 12th, 2021 at 8:44 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Thursday 11th November 2021

Upper Torridge Estuary

Upper Torridge, Bideford Old Bridge to tidal limit:

23 Common Sandpipers

2 Green Sandpipers

10 Mandarin

 

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 9:21 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Blackbough Nr Culmstock

Amazed to see Severn Hawfinch in and around the trees of the churchyard today, also lots of Siskin flying about

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Good views of circa 18 Snow Buntings in the vicinity of the 8th green (!)….

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Thurlestone &Slapton.

Lee’s Foot beach the f.Desert Wheatear showed very well. South Huish marsh the Pec .Sand also showed very well.Slapton middle car park along beach towards Torcross but near car park the 2 Snow Buntings allowed very close approach.

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 6:08 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Northam Burrows country park

3:45-4:30 pm. 30 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 1 Little egret, Herring gull

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 5:50 pm by Trevor Wilkinson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little change today, except for a modest increase in winterers' numbers. 33 Dunlins, 18 Wigeon, 18+ Turnstones, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 25 Shelducks, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 5 Mistle Thrushes & 2 Stonechats. 

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point

Another morning of strong visible migration. 869 Chaffinches and at least 25 Bramblings. In contrast to 9th, direction of flight was more varied and some flocks (especially in the clearest conditions early on) were passing so high as to be almost beyond binocular view. Others were beyond visible range but could still be heard at times. Excellent variety included single Swallow (my second-latest patch record) and a flyover Snow Bunting – a quintessential 'summer meets winter' day. Also: 361 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Lapwing, 8 Skylark, 74 Starling, 85 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 24 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtail, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Linnet, 210 Siskin (a patch record, all E in flocks of up to 30) and 7 Goldfinch.

In the scrub: 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 14 Blackbird & 3 Goldcrest. Offshore: 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull & 2 Gannet, plus 6 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 3:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

A lively morning with Golden Plover, 18 Teal, 1000 Woodpigeon plus 110E, 192 Stock Dove inc.123E, 600 Skylark plus 48E, 4 Redwing, 21 Song Thrush, 38 Blackbird, 52 Robin, 800 Starling, 82 Goldfinch, 17 Yellowhammer, 50 Linnet & 10 Cirl Bunting.

Non-avian: 6 Sika stags & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 2:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton area

Still 3 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. In the reserve, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, Water Rail and 5 Jays! Lots of Green and Gold Finches. Good numbers of Redwing going over.

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point.

A Siberian Chiffchaff caught at this morning's ringing session.

Siberian Chiffchaff . Out of focus but the plumage characteristics are obvious
Siberian Chiffchaff . Out of focus but the plumage characteristics are obvious

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 1:12 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Single snow bunting feeding on lower coast path around Capstone Hill

Posted November 11th, 2021 at 11:40 am by David Shadwell in Bird News

Wednesday 10th November 2021

Thurlestone and South Huish

Pre work dash to Thurlestone to see Mike's Desert Wheatear. Showed really well between 0815-0840.

Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit still at South Huish Marsh.

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Posted November 10th, 2021 at 10:49 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th November 2021

Desert Wheatear

1w F Desert Wheatear on Leasfoot Beach Thurlestone same site as the 1W M found on 8 Nov 2016. Use Golf Club visitors car park , make sure you pay for parking a camera records your arrival AND departure- £100 fine levied 

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 10:31 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Horsey Island raptors

Great morning watching the falling tide at Horsey Island today.

Good flock of Golden Plover/Lapwing being hunted by Peregrine Falcon, unsuccessfully. Closely followed by Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the undergrowth. She caught a small rodent of some sort but was then harassed by the Peregrine until she dropped her catch.

Also, Curlew,Redshank,Kingfisher,Mixed flock of finches and Pipits as well as all the usual estuary residents.

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 10:31 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Not much about the cemetery, 6 Redwings, but would not settle due to all the striming going on, 4 Mistle Thrushes, and the usual covids ect.


Posted November 9th, 2021 at 8:11 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

North Devon

Wrafton Pond had 1 drake Wigeon, 2 drake Gadwall, and 2 drake plus a female Shoveler. 3 Common Gulls out on the scrape were unusual here. 2 Dippers and a Grey Wagtail in the river. Jay, 2 Water Rails, 40+Goldfinch, in the reserve. Glossy Ibis and Greenshank in Fremington Creek. Female Pintail, and a female Sparrowhawk, which put up 20/30 Skylarks and 3 Fieldfare in the Home Farm area. Grey Plover and several Little Egrets in the main estuary.

Odd place for a Black-headed Gull!
Odd place for a Black-headed Gull!

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 5:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight today, was 2 Firecrests; also, 3 Redwings, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, c20 Turnstones, 16 Wigeon & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 3:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton - Snow Bunting

2 birds together, one with significantly more white in the plumage, just south of the southern end of the memorial car park which is just south of Slapton Turn. One put up from virtually under my feet on the path whence it joined the 2nd bird on the beach, almost impossible to see in the shingle with the naked eye.

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 1:40 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Rillage Point

Almost didn't go out first thing as conditions looked unpromising for visible migration, with intermittent drizzly clag and a moderate SW wind. Glad I did, as there turned out to be a massive westbound migration of Chaffinches, with some 5,276 counted in flocks of up to 400 between 07.20 and 08.45. More than I could actually count were passing either very high overhead, further out to sea, or behind me, so my total is certainly an under-count. Didn't manage to get very far along my usual route, but other totals (great majority also flying W) included: 316 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 18 Starling, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 4 Blackbird, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 12 Brambling, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 18 Goldfinch and 77 Siskin.

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 1:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

A firecrest found by Janet at lunchtime on the steps down from Howard Close to Gilbert Close. Also long tailed tits, great tits and a wren.

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 1:15 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Berry Head

From Berry Head Quarry: Black Redstart on boulders. Visited for cetaceans, wasn't disappointed - 20+ Common Dolphin, 6+ Harbour Porpoise. Also 6 Common Scoter, 900+ Kittiwake in Tor Bay and flying W, and 1ad Med Gull.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 9th, 2021 at 10:29 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th November 2021

Black Redstart

Black Redstart on Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth this afternoon.

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 9:26 pm by Julian Green in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Over 20 Snipe feeding on the marsh in front of the hide on the path towards Otterton. 

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 7:08 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Snow Bunting from 5th

Photographed on the 5th Northam Burrows


Posted November 8th, 2021 at 6:23 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Isley Marsh yesterday

Two spoonbills feeding on incoming tide-fabulous!

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Sunday - Torbay and Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Out from Brixham to Berry Head on Kellys Hero Charters - sightings included GBB, LBB, 10 Kittiwakes, Common Gull as well as BH Gull and a single adult Med Gull plus 6 Harbour Porpoise.  Several flocks of Razorbill flying W.  Guillemots and 6 Purple Sandpipers.

Back into Torbay where we had a group of 5 GC Grebes, 14 Common Scoter (immatures/females) - distant so record photo only, 2 GN Divers and 2 Peregrines overhead.  

adult Med Gull
adult Med Gull
Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 5:06 pm by GE and LA Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Fairly quiet before rain stopped play, this morning, but managed: 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Greenshanks, Teal, 16 Wigeon, Goosander, Shag, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & a Chiffchaff. 

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 4:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Powderham Church - Turf

A pleasant morning for 19 members of DB (East Devon Branch meeting). From the church car park 4 MistleThrush and c60 Linnet were present on power lines.  4 Cattle Egret plus 2 Little Egret were present with cows scoped at a distance with Kingfisher in a ditch.  3 Stonechat present at different locations, plus small numbers of Redwing, Meadow Pipit and Linnet in the hedges. 19 Curlew, 3 Lapwing in the fields and a single Rock Pipit on the wall. On the estuary were 6 Pintail and other ducks and geese and 2 Black Swan. The tide took a while to drop but eventually produced waders including flocks of Avocet, Golden Plover, Dunlin and others. 

A total of 52 species listed. Thanks to Terri Small for leading and Paul Reynolds for keeping the list. 

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 3:05 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Walk from harbour to Bath House: Herring Gull, Greater Black-back Gull, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, Purple Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, Starlings, Jays, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, House Sparrow.

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 2:59 pm by David Shadwwell in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir

08:22 - 10:25

32+ Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch were the highlights.

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 2:12 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Soar

A smidgeon of vis mig from Sharp Tor from dawn inc.7 Brambling W, 3 Fieldfare W, 8 Redwing NE, 34 Skylark W, 75 Jackdaw (5W 70 grounded), 46 Stock Dove (42W 4E) & 760 Woodpigeon (420W, 140E & 200 grounded), Mistle Thrush over & 2 Snipe in rushes.

Posted November 8th, 2021 at 10:42 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 7th November 2021

Ford Park Cemetery

No Redwings or Black Redstarts but Mistle Thrush was a nice consolation.

Also, 5 Canada geese & 1 Heron over & Numerous Greenfinch, Goldfinch and 4 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 10:21 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Killerton

Survey of the River Culm and scrapes newly created by the National Trust as part of their restoration project. Between Ellerhayes and Collumbjohn the highlights were 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, a flyover Redpoll, a calling Water Rail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaffs and a single Greenfinch (which seems to me to be an increasingly uncommon bird).

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 9:46 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Brambling

For some reason the Brambling image did not come up in my post

Brambling
Brambling
Brambling
Brambling

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 5:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Haldon ~ Stover ~ Rv Teign

Haldon Forest Park ~ flock of 20 plus Crossbill over head near the feed station, 3 Brambling, three Redpoll, several GSWP, Song Thrush, pair of Bullfinch, Nuthatch, several Jay, lots of Greenfinch but very few Siskin.

Stover Country park, 22 Mandarin duck, single Pochard duck, Tufted duck, Little Grebe, a drake Goosander, Heron and Jay.

Rv Teign, Passage House Inn, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 20 plus Curlew, Little Egret, Heron, Oyster Catcher, Shellduck, huge numbers of Gulls mostly Herring and Black headed but a few Great Black Backs and two Common Gulls.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Eds - was this positively identified as Common (Mealy) Redpoll? The under-tail coverts do look white (with at least 1 arrow-headed streak) but it could be an effect of the light, other features are not clear from this photo  and Lesser is of course, much more likely.

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 5:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows

18 Snow Buntings

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 5:27 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Chivenor & Wrafton WeBS sector Taw & Torridge Estuary

A male Snow Bunting on the sea-wall flew SW, in the direction of Isley Marsh, at 09.00.

WeBS species highlights included 24 Pintail & 12 Greenshank along Chivenor foreshore and 123 Black-tailed Godwits on Wrafton Scrape at first light.

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 3:52 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar & South Huish Marsh

The Pectoral Sandpiper showing well at dawn, at South Huish Marsh; also a Water Pipit.

Very little "vis-mig" at Soar, however other sightings included: Woodcock, Ring Ouzel, Firecrest, 5 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 2 Siskins, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 23 Golden Plovers, Snipe & Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 3:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Horsey Island raptors

Great morning watching the falling tide at Horsey Island today.

Good flock of Golden Plover/Lapwing being hunted by Peregrine Falcon, unsuccessfully. Closely followed by Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the undergrowth. She caught a small rodent of some sort but was then harassed by the Peregrine until she dropped her catch.

Also, Curlew,Redshank,Kingfisher,Mixed flock of finches and Pipits as well as all the usual estuary residents.

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 2:47 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Wembury Point

Walked along Langdon beach at low tide this afternoon. Highlight was a Snow Bunting in amongst a pipit flock. First time seeing one at wembury. 

Posted November 7th, 2021 at 2:27 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saturday 6th November 2021

Soar

A quiet morning at Soar with the best of things being 7 Golden Plover over the airfield, a Firecrest in Stare Hole, a Water Rail at the ponds, a flock of 15 Stock Doves in one of the stubble fields and repeated views of a female Sparrowhawk. 

At South Huish Marsh briefly late am, great views of the Pectoral Sandpiper plus 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 7:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Hope's Nose & Haldon

At Hope's Nose this morning:

The imm/1cy male Black Redstart showed well before the wind picked up on the small beach and around the seaweed, on the south side.

Pleased to see my first two Fieldfares of the autumn there too.  A vocal bird flew up the north side and perched for a few minutes in trees on the north side of the top meadow, before flying SW inland.  A second bird appeared to came in off over the Lead Stone before it landed, and showed well in bushes on the lower slope.  Not a species I have often seen there.    

Also, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap calling in the top dell.  2 Purple Sandpipers close to the Point, 15+ Common Scoter past, 3 Great Northern Divers over the headland flying S and a further bird past N.  3 species of raptor.    

Lunchtime at the feeders at the main car park at Haldon produced:

A male and a female Brambling.  Both showed well despite the disturbance and before a male Sparrowhawk turned up!

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 6:18 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ringmoor Down

This morning over Ringmoor Down, Golden Plover 300+, Ravens 3, Buzzard 1. In nearby Brisworthy Plantation. GWP 1, GSW i, and a solitary Nuthatch.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 4:31 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Braunton great field

Following up on Tim's suggestion re Whooper Swans, I cycled along the Marsh road to check the Swan herd. The 5 in the close field were all Mutes. Those with the cattle in the more distant field (all 25) were also all Mutes with good numbers being juveniles. 2 Dippers in the river near the reserve this morning.

And spring must be here - yesterday there was a Magpie carrying nesting material.

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 3:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of "vis-mig" from dawn, included: Redwing 87 N & c185 W, Fieldfare 5 NE (+ 1 lingering) & c25 Starlings NE. Also, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Turnstones, 5 Dunlins, 9 Greenshanks, 14 Wigeon, 7 Common Gulls, 2 Greens & a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats, 1+ Siskin & 2 Roe Deer.  

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 2:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point

6 Whooper Swans flew WSW, cutting inland, soon after dawn at 07.13 this morning. Wouldn't be surprised if they turned up on the Taw/Torridge Estuary or Braunton Marshes later on.

Visible migration comprised 103 Woodpigeon, 42 Redwing, 47 Fieldfare, 10 Starling, 16 Meadow Pipit, 139 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 9 Siskin and a Linnet.

Out at sea, a Red-throated Diver W, plus 3 Gannet and a handful of Common Gull & Lesser Black-backed Gull also W. A lone Fulmar had returned to the breeding ledges – the first after their month-long absence moutling at sea – with a few others knocking around offshore.

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 11:17 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Freedom Fields Plymouth

What I can only imagine was a Hawfinch on call and naked eye views just did a lap of the park

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 10:55 am by Richard Billington in Bird News

Exe Estuary Lower Halsdon Farm

Curlew seen feeding 4pm 5/11. Tagged with Left leg yellow flag and red stripe . Right leg yellow stripe . 

Posted November 6th, 2021 at 8:19 am by Claire Sharland in Bird News

Friday 5th November 2021

Snow Buntings at Northam Burrows

Checked out the snow bunting presence on Northam Burrows once more and was rewarded with sightings of two groups - one in flight and consisting of c15 and 7 settled down to a few minutes of undisturbed feeding!  

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 10:46 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Staddon Heights

"Vis-mig" during the first couple of hours of light (mainly west or northwest), included: Woodpigeon c6,300, Stock Dove 30+, Jackdaw c700, Redwing 90, Brambling 2, Chaffinch 81, Bullfinch 5, Siskin 7, Starling c50 & Skylark 9. 

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 6:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marsh & top of Exe Estuary

GWE flew north across Exminster Marsh at 1300. Two 1st wint Marsh Harriers, 250+ Teal, 150+ Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, F Pintail, 50 Lapwing, 180 Golden Plover, Water Rail & 38 Avocet on estuary

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 5:45 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Greenbank, Plymouth

Female Black Redstart perched on my garden wall this afternoon before flying up to perch on next door's chimney pot. 

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 5:38 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Plymouth's first Bluethroat this morning, unfortunately only showed briefly despite lots of searching. Also, Woodcock, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechats, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 15 Stock Doves, Grey Wagtail, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton & E.Soar

Yesterday at Slapton: Med. Gull, Heron, Bullfinch, Chaffinches, Linnets,  Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Blue tits, Coal tits, Great tits, L T tits,  Mipits,   Ripits,  Blackbirds, Starlings, Crows, Jackdaws, Jays, Magpies, Robins, Wrens, Cettis Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Firecrest,  Woodpigeons, Stock Doves, GWP, Coots, Moorhens, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Pochard, Mallards, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan, G.C.Grebe.

In the dying light of the late afternoon at E. Soar. Hundreds of Wood Pigeons flying west,  Stock Doves, Cirl Buntings, Blue and L T tits, Goldcrest, Chiffchaffs, Stonechats, Ravens, Kestrel and a lot of activity on the berries in the Starehole Valley with Ring Ousels, Blackbirds and Song Thrush.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Ring Ousel
Ring Ousel

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 5:13 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Berry Head

Migrants overhead at Berry Head with Bill Macdonald this am combined totals: 111 Chaffinches, 6 Brambling, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunt, 8 Siskin, 2 Swallows, 31 Stock Dove, 90+ Wood Pigeons, 13 Bullfinches, 9 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing. Grounded: 6 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 4:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Challacombe Valley , Dartmoor

There was mixed flock of about 20 Redwing and Fieldfare flying around this morning. Also 1 female Ring Ouzel.

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 3:58 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley area

Lots of activity included 2360 Woodpigeon (1100E 60 W & 1200 grounded), Stock Dove 22W, Jackdaw 380E, Starling 300 (70W 230 grounded), 21 Teal, Skylark 160 grounded, Fieldfare 8W, 2 Redwing, influx of 53 Blackbird & 37 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, male Blackcap, Chaffinch 26W, Brambling ,34 Robin, Goldcrest 5, Lapwing, Bullfinch 8 & 30 Yellowhammer.

Non-avian: 8 Roe Deer, young Sika stag & 7 Red Admiral.

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 2:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exe Estuary 4 November

Lovely sunshine for the first Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the winter. Large numbers of Brent Geese well spread from Lympstone to Dawlish Warren and similarly high numbers of Black-tailed Godwits (well over 1000) between Powderham and Topsham. The Avocet flock was over 200 and c250 Golden Plover were roosting opposite the Goat Walk. The highlight for me was c25 Great Crested Grebes, including groups of up to 14 together. What a shame we no longer have 'Herbert' the Slavonian Grebe. 2 Black Swans were in the main channel near Turf and we had several sightings of Grey Seals, including one near Topsham.

Great Crested Grebes in flight
Great Crested Grebes in flight

Posted November 5th, 2021 at 11:30 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Thursday 4th November 2021

Exminster marshes

2 Marsh Harriers quartering over ditches near pylon nearest railway line and car park. Occasionally flew high and did some play "fighting". Afternoon Bowling Green ,large numbers of Canada Geese and Wigeon with regular inputs of Pintail flying in.

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 9:24 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Late afternoon today I popped over to Northam Burrows to look for the Snow Buntings and I was not disappointed.  There were about 15 of them feeding around the pebble ridge. The light was very poor os I will return when the sun is shining.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Start Point

42900 Woodpigeon (incl 1 albino) SW, also 3 Swallows, Fieldfare, 16 Brambling, 189 Chaffinch past by 09.30.

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 6:55 pm by Nick Addey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk this morning in glorious sunshine, produced: Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 3 Goosanders (redheads), 11 Wigeon, 19 Mandarin Ducks, Grey Wagtail, 2 Siskins & a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Yesterday, a Dipper singing. 

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 3:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Budleigh

Today, up to 10:00am:

W/SW: 44 880+ Woodpigeon (including 1 Albino), 52 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 7+ Stock Dove, 8 Goldfinch, 9 Rook.

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 1:49 pm by A. Lowe in Bird News

Stoke point

Lovely walk along the coast path thousands of wood pigeon moving along the coast .stonechat meadow pipit.buzzard . oystercatcher..goldfinches and lots of gulls in the Fields..

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 1:09 pm by Mike Williams in Bird News

Plympton

Firecrest in Compass Drive gardens. 

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 9:58 am by Chris E in Bird News

Brisworthy Plantation, Cadover

Brambling with 10 Chaffinch in SE corner just after dawn. 3 Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay, 25 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest and Green Woodpecker.

Posted November 4th, 2021 at 9:01 am by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Crownhill Down

This morning: Linnets 6, Sparrow Hawk 1, Buzzard 1, Ravens 3, Crows 12, Green Woodpecker 1, Skylarks 4, Meadow Pipits 10, Stonechats 9, Snipe 1, Jay 1, Reed Bunting 1.

Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 10:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Start Point

A Black Redstart briefly on the fence at the car park left high south. Another 48,000 Woodpigeons SW. 2 Jays SW. A good selection of finches moving incl 67+ Brambling N. Also single Swallow & House Martin N.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 9:12 pm by Nick Addey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

6 Willow Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3m Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Nuthatch, 6 Teal 2m 4f, 3 Marsh Tit, 1f Great Spotted Woodpeckerapril

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 8:32 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Northlew

Brambling feeding on Niger seed in my garden

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Brambling at Darts Farm

A visit to Darts Farm near Topsham this morning was a real treat with plenty of activity around the two crops of Sunflowers. Large mixed flocks of Finches was the main attraction following reports of Brambling being present. As soon as we arrived at the fishermans carpark a male Brambling was present in the trees above. At least 5 were seen during our brief visit we were sure there are more. Fantastic to see good numbers of Greenfinch as well. Well worth watching this area over the coming couple of months it could produce some unexpected visitors. Buzzard and Sparrowhawk showed an interest while we were there.

Male & Female Brambling at Darts Farm
Male & Female Brambling at Darts Farm
Male Brambling
Male Brambling

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 7:49 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

George Nympton

Great White Egret landed in a field next to the River Mole along side a Heron this afternoon.Don't think it stayed long.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 7:24 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News

River Mole Valley

A mixed flock of 350 finches……Chaffinch,Greenfinch,Linnet and Goldfinch feeding on the bird mix…….but having to compete with 160 Pheasants.Elsewhere on the farm a large influx of Blackbirds, Song Thrush ,Mistle Thrush and 45 Fieldfares. 4 Cormorants perched ion a dead alder branch above the river.4Tawny Owls calling early this evening.Non avian included a Fox, 5 Roe Deer,6 Red Deer comprising 3 hinds with 2 of this years calves and a young stag.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 7:11 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

East Soar

Massive autumn peak of 34,000 Woodpigeons coming out of the north-east then heading west or south straight out to sea. Also: 218 Stock Dove (168W 50E), 82 Chaffinch (57W 25E), 7 Brambling (3W 2E), 550 Jackdaw (350W & 200 grounded), Golden Plover 2W, Lapwing 1W, Starling 26W, Goldfinch 37 (31W 6E), Carrion Crow 27E, Siskin 3W, Skylark 21 (11W 10E), 4 JayW, Firecrest, Swallow, Chiffchaff & 2 Redwing.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Budleigh

News from yesterday, 2/11/21, up to 11:00am:

All W: 16 485+ Woodpigeon, 256+ Chaffinch, Goldfinch 62+, Skylarks 14+, "Alba" Wags 10+, M Pipit 10+, Rooks 10, Mistle T 2, Brambling 2+ (at least 1 landed), Starlings 30, Finch Spec. 51.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 11:45 am by A Lowe in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Late post. Large flock of Snow Buntings (18 counted yesterday) back feeding near 8th green and also below the new 9th tee. Seen late afternoon two days running.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 10:27 am by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Marsh Harriers and Starlings Velator

Cracking Murmuration of Starlings at Velator marsh last night being harassed by a pair of Marsh Harriers.

Posted November 3rd, 2021 at 10:15 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Fremington Pill

At the Fremington Pill high tide roost - one cattle egret with 8 little egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 8:17 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Fremington Pill and River Taw at Fremington Quay

A Glossy Ibis was showing reasonably well on the incoming tide today in the Pill downstream of the infall from the reserve. Down by the Quay, upriver of the cafe, feeding well on the muddy River Bank were 161 Black Tailed Godwits  being harrased by a couple of BH gulls.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
A few of the 161 Black Tailed Godwit
A few of the 161 Black Tailed Godwit

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 7:37 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Nice to see a  Spotted Redshank back in the Pill along with in excess of 100 of its "normal" cousin's. I've attached an image showing the two together for comparison. 

Spotted Redshank with common Redshank for comparison
Spotted Redshank with common Redshank for comparison
Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 7:29 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent & Dartmoor

Over home at South Brent this morning just on sunrise small flocks of Starling, Redwing and Wood pigeon all moving west, not in the huge numbers of recent years but nice to see.


Out on Dartmoor several Stonechat, Meadow Pipits and Skylark still showing well, a single Mistle Thrush, flushed two Snipe, fly over Kestrel, several Buzzards and a couple of Raven, surprise sighting was a female Wigeon duck they are not common on the moors, the highlight being a Red Deer Stag which unfortunately looked as if he may have had a bit of a hammering during the rut.

Wigeon
Wigeon
Red deer stag
Red deer stag

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Looking inland from car park some impressive Woodpigeon movement 06.30-10.00: 59000+ moving SW , all continuing south over sea around Prawle Point.

Other vismig at Start:

South: Golden Plover, 4 Swallows.

West: 300 Chaffinch,  14 Brambling, 40 Goldfinch, 3 albas,  30 M Pipits, 2 Redwing.

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 5:42 pm by Nick Addey in Bird News

Soar

A good spread of birds in lovely conditions, from just after first light, included: Dartford Warbler, Ring Ouzel (1+), Black Redstart, 2 Firecrests, Jack Snipe, 5+ Swallows, Water Rail, 3 Redpolls (presumed Lessers), Siskin, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3+ Goldcrests, Brambling, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Bullfinches, 7 Song Thrushes, 3 Mistle Thrushes & Sparrowhawk. Overhead: c1,350 Woodpigeons, c90 Stock Doves & c530 Jackdaws. Also, a Bluefin Tuna in Starehole Bay, and a Hare.

Little of note at South Huish marsh but at South Efford marsh: Swallow, Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, c50 Teal & 12 Snipe.

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 5:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Vis mig from 0650 to 1020: Woodpigeon 17540 (16600E 930W), Stock Dove 317 (254W 63E), Skylark 300 (150W & 150 grounded), Green Woodpecker moving west around Sharp Tor, Starling 165 (75E 90W), Jackdaw 400 (110W 210E & 80 grounded), Carrion Crow 14 (7E 7W), Jay 9W (autumn total now 98), Brambling 2, Chaffinch 177 (169W 8E), Siskin 3W, Goldfinch 51W. Also: Swallow 3, Chiffchaff in song, House Sparrow 40.

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 12:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Harford

Delighted to have a female Black Redstart bobbing about the farm buildings today.  Probably the first I have noticed here ever.

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 11:11 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Cadover area

350 Golden Plover flying NW between Trowlesworthy Tors and Legis Tor. Just 2 Redwing with Blackbirds in Brisworthy Burrows. Redhead Goosander at Cadover Bridge.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted November 2nd, 2021 at 8:55 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 1st November 2021

Slapton

On a brief visit this morning a Snow Buntings was showing well on the beach. Jays 3, Skylarks 4, Chiffchaffs 3, Cettis Warblers 3, G.S.Woodpecker 1, Goldfinches 6, Linnets 5, Herons 2, Mistle Thrush 1, several hundred Wood Pigeons flying west.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 9:30 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

pm: 2 Ring Ouzels (1 male and 1 female) initially on the eastern end of the dam wall then dropping down to feed on the grass below, 1 Black Redstart (also on the dam itself), and lovely views of a male Merlin down the valley, preening in the top of a small hawthorn tree.

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 8:14 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Prawle Point

Vismig 07.15-09.15

SW: 20500 Woodpigeon,  500+ Stock Dove.

West: 400 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 240 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 4 Greenfinch, 60 Meadow Pipit, 8 albas, 30 Starling, 20 Skylark, a Blackcap filtered west along the cliffs. Great Skua west offshore.

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 4:37 pm by Nick Addey in Bird News

Staddon Heights

A modest showing of "vis-mig" this morning including 175 Jackdaws, c60 Chaffinches, Brambling, 55 Starlings, Mistle Thrush & 2 Stock Doves (all west except the Thrush). Also, Sparrowhawk.

A brief look at Plym Estuary & Saltram, later, produced 3 Snipe, 2 Stonechats & a Sparrowhawk. 

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Forgot:  210 Jackdaw (147E 53W).

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 12:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar

More vis mig today but not on the scale at Slapton; 2270 Woodpigeon (1820E 450W), 115 Stock Dove (85E 30W), Chaffinch 103W, Starling 20W, Skylark 20W & 90 grounded, Jay 1W, Redwing 5W & 3 grounded. Also: 3 Snipe, 18 Song Thrush..

Posted November 1st, 2021 at 11:56 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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