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

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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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