Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st November 2021

2021 records request & Records Committee vacancies

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Devon Birds is grateful to all observers who submit records. Please can you submit your 2021 records before the 31st January for inclusion in the Devon Bird Report (DBR). Records submitted to Birdtrack or EBird are already shared with the Society, but for any others please send them to Data.manager@DevonBirds.org 

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Posted December 31st, 2021 at 11:11 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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

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