Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st December 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 yesterday at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Tuesday 21st December 2021

Around Teignmouth

At the seafront, 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 of which were juveniles, the other far out, 14:30. In the garden 15 species, including GS Woodpecker, a Redwing and a Sparrowhawk over. 

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 8:56 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Female type black redstart by Tunnels Beaches mid-morning, seen from Granville Rd. One late afternoon between there and Jubilee Gardens seems likely to be the same bird 

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 7:34 pm by James Walsh in Bird News

South Huish

Pied Wagtails, Canada Geese and a Barnacle Goose, Buzzards, Mute Swans, Moorhen. Teal, Wigeon. On the adjacent beach: Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Rock Pipits, Stonechats, Robins, Dunnocks and a Black Redstart

Buzzard
Buzzard
Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 7:26 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

09:08 - 10:35

One imm. Marsh Harrier heading east towards Bowling Green Marsh, one Pink-footed Goose amongst many Canada Goose, one Redwing and thousands of duck were the highlights.

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 6:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

Glossy Ibis still showing well at Clennon Valley this lunchtime. Also Male Pochard, 2 Water Rail & a Chiffchaff.

A short visit to Broadsands 15+ Red T Diver, 4 GND, 4 GC Grebe & 25+ Guillemot.

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 6:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Velator

Marsh Harrier behind the reserve quartering the marsh, 1 tufted duck, 1Gadwall, on pond. 4 Redshank, 2 little grebe. 

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 4:57 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Glossy Ibis

Ibis remains at Clennon Valley this lunchtime, able to enjoy many open views (feeding on playing fields)

Posted December 21st, 2021 at 3:21 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Monday 20th December 2021

Clennon Lakes

Glossy Ibis, Crows, Magpies, GSWP,  Herons, Mallards, Little Grebe, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Robins, Wrens, Dunnocks, Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Goldfinches, Mute Swans, Snipe.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Snipe
Snipe

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 8:49 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Countesswear - Starcross

In the hard-to-see pond within the Sewage works were 25+ Gadwall, the males actively head-tossing and calling; never heard the courtship "pee" before. Until 10-15 years ago a flock of 10-40 were regular here but then they disappeared, so good to see them back. On the river alongside were a Green Sandpiper, my first for several months, and two Little Grebes. Four Tufteds were on the main Matford pond.

On Exminster Marsh, missed the Pink-footed Goose, and only saw one Marsh Harrier. From Turf, could see 100+ Avocets, 3/400 Lapwings and 7/800 Golden Plovers, and, from the Powderham footbridge, 100+ Pintail and 40+ Knot. In small groups between were 60+ Grey Plovers, a good number I think, and their call as mournful and evocative as that of the Goldens.

Off Cofton Steps the B-N Grebes were feeding.

Finished by walking the lanes inland from Starcgross for another distant view of the Cattle Egret flock (40+) alongside the Mamhead road. Returning down the hill, heard a R-l Partridge calling, as half-expected. Couldn't see it, but in scanning along the sheltered hedgerows, instead saw 6 Greys, my first for many years. Presumably they are waiting to be shot, rather than being part of a re-introduction scheme.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 8:01 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Total of five Glossy Ibis seen at 16:20 this afternoon.  Four together at the very top of the pill, plus one with a flock of Redshank further down towards the sluice.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 6:22 pm by Kim Beaver in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight this morning was a drake Pochard (only my 5th record on site); also, 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), 8 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Grey Wagtails & a Bullfinch.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 5:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

At Turf over 800 Canada geese on the estuary. A group of 12 Canada geese flew over accompanied by a single pink-footed goose, calling loudly. On the canal bank 2 chiffchaff and one bullfinch. On the marshes lots of wigeon, teal and shoveller with a few pintail. Two marsh harriers almost continually quartering the fields.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 3:13 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Axminster Swallow

This is the second day that a Barn Swallow has been hawking flies around our Axminster house. It seems to be able to catch flying insects at the rate of one every 2/3 seconds and has kept this rate up for the entire daylight period.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 3:10 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Velator

Didn't see the Spoonbills - too late! Best bird in the reserve was at least one (probably more) Siskin. It was feeding on Alder cones with good numbers of both Gold and Greenfinch. Also present 3 Jays still, GSW, 2 Water Rail a few Redwing. Very cold.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 2:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clennon Valley ~ Glossy Ibis

The reported Glossy Ibis at Clennon Valley, Paignton, showing very well late morning.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 2:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Beesands Ley

From the hide, an immature Drake Scaup appeared from the reeds around the island to the front of the hide but only showed briefly, the reported two Lesser Scaup both present, three Pochard (1M / 2F)  Black Swan and a fly past heron, very poor light and strong winds made for difficult viewing, large number of Mute Swan including 9 juveniles.

Scaup
Scaup  (Eds: it's actually a Tufted Duck - dark back & bill wrong)
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 2:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish Marsh (South Milton)

Visiting South Huish Marsh just after first light, a Roe doe ran across the road, three Dark Bellied Brent Geese on the beach, three White Fronted Geese seen to fly in from the sea, both "lots" then flew onto the marsh, joining 100 plus Canada geese, a Barnacle goose and a white feral goose.

White Fronted Goose
White Fronted Goose
Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 2:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

Mid-morning the 2 spoonbills were on the scrape until they were spooked by a sparrowhawk. There were also several black-tailed godwit and plenty of teal. On the pond there was a single snipe and some gadwall.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 1:29 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Cycled around Braunton Marshes earlier am & sadly no sign of the Whooper Swans including the single bird which associated with the Mutes.

On the way back a male Marsh Harrier flew across the road from Braunton Marshes over a field towards Willowfields & beyond.

Brisk cold easterly wind.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 12:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Otter Valley

The 34 White-fronted Geese (c.13 believed juvenile) were showing well in the first field up from Whitebridge this morning and viewed best from the river footpath.   The same field also contained flocks of Wigeon and Curlew, plus 5 Black tailed Godwit and others. In the hedgerow a mixed flock of small birds included Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Long Tailed Tit with Fieldfare and Redwing in tree tops. A Kestrel was overhead.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 12:15 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Ilfracombe 19th Dec

3 fulmar, 2 Gannet, distant diver sp. Insistent Gt spot woodpecker drumming.

Posted December 20th, 2021 at 9:08 am by Art Symons in Bird News

Sunday 19th December 2021

Wrafton pond & Scrape

 Today at the scrape and Wrafton pond were two Spoonbills, a few Teal and a couple of Black tailed Godwit. On the pond there were a few Shovelers (M), a Little Grebe, a female Tufted Duck and one odd looking duck.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 9:55 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Cockwood & Exminster Marsh

A early morning drive up Cockwood Valley (on way for swim) produced over 60 Cattle Egret. Later 25 still present. Off Cockwood steps Little Grebe, and Kingfisher in the ‘harbour’.

Later on Exminster, Imm Marsh Harrier, 300+ Lapwing, 450+ Golden Plover, Raven & a Peregrine. It is great that there are always Marsh Harriers to see here now. 

Amazing what you can see with children in tow.  

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 5:00 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lime Kilns to White Bridge, Lower Otter

A walk up from Lime Kilns car park to White Bridge mid afternoon had Water Rail x 8 in field above the cricket club, just directly below the path and easy to see.

Flocks of Widgeon and Teal further away in fields and a Shoveller merrily shovelling closer by in a wet part.

Walked along the road from White Bridge to see the restoration work, and above the road were 20+ White Fronted geese feeding, possibly more in dip in ground, and a Little Egret flew off.

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Quinton Cumbes in Bird News

Cholwich Town

A drive around Cholwich Town and Shaugh Lake ponds this afternoon produced 32 Tufted Ducks, 15 Teal, 3 Goosander (2 female), A pair of Wigeon, 8 Little Grebe, 6 Mallards and a female Goldeneye.

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 3:54 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the low tide, this morning: 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (drakes), 3+ Goosanders (1 drake), 7 Little Grebes, Red-crested Pochard (female), Teal (drake), Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, c12 Turnstones, Snipe, 2 Peregrines, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat & 3 Roe Deer.  

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 3:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

 At the scrape the 2 Spoonbills present again, with 4 Black-tailed Godwits. On Wrafton Pond several each of Shoveler and Gadwall plus a female Tufted Duck. In the trees by the viewing platform was a good candidate for Siberian Chiffchaff. Female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-bed at Sherpa. In the reserve 3 Water Rail, male GSW, Chiffchaff, all four Tit species, 2 Drake Gadwall flew out. As I was drinking coffee, a ruckus broke out in some trees nearby: turned out to be 3 Jays mobbing something, which sneaked off. But whatever it was set all the Blackbirds and a lot of Finches off a bit further along, As I approached something large flew off through the trees, and landed in the Macrocarpus on the northern boundary - this time everything started having a go! There must have been 40 Jackdaws, half a dozen Crows, all 3 Jays, 2 Magpies, several Blackbirds and a host of Finches. I went out into the field but sadly only a few Finches were visible through the thick foliage. Never had a reaction like that to the local Tawny Owls, so stumped.

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Glossy Ibis still at Clennon Valley, whrn I left at 12.30

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 12:46 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

43 Goosander 13m 30f, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 8 Wigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Jay.

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 10:46 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront, Point Car Park 10:45 - 12:00

Four Great Northern Divers (all juveniles). A lot of gull, Shag, Greater Cormorant and Gannet activity.  Lovely to see two Harbour Porpoise close to the Ness.

Posted December 19th, 2021 at 1:51 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

Saturday 18th December 2021

Otter Valley, Greater White-fronted Geese

Following on from Derek's post, an amazing sight in the Otter Valley today wiith an incredible 34 European White-fronted Geese. It seems you have to go back to 1994 before you find a flock anywhere near this number, when there were 33 birds at Tamar Lakes. Thanks very much to David White for finding the birds.

The flock is ranging between fields North of South Farm Road on the exciting new habitat being created through the Lower Otter Restoration Project and fields further north along the footpath to East Budleigh.

Video on my blog if interested: http://creamteabirding.blogspot.com/2021/12/greater-white-fronted-geese-otter-valley.html
Greater White-fronted Geese, Otter Valley by Chris Townend

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 8:57 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Barnacle Goose and three White-fronted Goose fed today with the Canada Geese to the north of the marsh.

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 5:19 pm by Monte Neate-Clegg in Bird News

Clennon Valley Paignton

Glossy Ibis found by Geoff & Jane Penton this afternoon on the playing fields at Clennon. Easy to overlook among the crows!

     Glossy Ibis Clennon 18 Dec 2021   Glossy Ibis and Crows Clennon 18 Dec 2021 ML

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 4:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

European White-fronted Geese Lower Otter RP Aqueduct

19+ European White-fronted Geese seen this morning in the Lower Otter Restoration Project just below the Budleigh Brook aqueduct . Updated now numbering 34, mix of Adults and juveniles. 

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 2:28 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning on the Tamar: 32 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 13 Great crested grebe, 1 Common sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, and a brief view of a female Bullfinch in the shrubs. Also, 75 Snipe and 2 Greenshank on Ernesettle creek.

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 1:36 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Braunton area

4 Whooper Swans - 2 adults and 2 juvs out on the marsh distant in the 2nd field out. Male Sparrowhawk on the prowl. On the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwits in company with 2 Spoonbills. South of the reserve a female Marsh Harrier. Goldcrest, GSW, Water Rail and a few Finches in the reserve. No repeat of yesterday's displaying Dippers in the river.

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stuartline Exe birding cruise

Another great cruise today with our visitors enjoying great views of our overwintering birds. Plenty of D B Brent Geese across the estuary and flybys are always great to see. We were all thrilled to see the pair of Black-necked Grebe were still in the estuary off Cockwood a very rare sighting for the Exe. At least 38 Great Crested Grebe were seen between Lympstone and Exton which is still a high number for the Exe. A common Seal was posing on the mud bank for all to photograph off Exton and our first views of Bar-tailed Godwit and a large “grace” of Avocets flock were seen in the same area with thrilled the visitors.
Pintail and Widgeon were plentiful in this same area. As we approached Turf Lock area we had a flying display of Dunlin around the boat with Knot and a couple of Grey Plover joining them, it’s mesmerising to see this at close quarters. Nice to see plenty of Common Gulls in this area to. Avocets we’re numerous from Turf lock to Topsham along with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing and a few Golden Plover. Good views of Red Breasted Mergansers were had with a nice fly pass at eye level. To round of an excellent cruise great views of a single Spotted Redshank was seen at Topsham. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all

Posted December 18th, 2021 at 9:22 am by Derek Carter in Bird News

Friday 17th December 2021

Fremington Pill

A late visit to Fremington Pill where at the upper end were a single Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, one Heron, a Little Grebe, some Teal and Black tailed Godwit and four Glossies roosting in the usual trees.

Heron
Heron
Four roosting Glossies
Four roosting Glossies

Posted December 17th, 2021 at 11:02 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Avon dam

I watched an acrobatic Merlin trying (unsuccessfully) to catch a Meadow pipit just below the dam late morning today. Shortly afterwards a Goosander flew up river to land on the reservoir.

Posted December 17th, 2021 at 7:41 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper, Haldon Pier, Torquay

One Purple Sandpiper around 12.30 on Thursday 16th towards the end of Haldon Pier, feeding at the waterline. 12 Turnstones also around.

Posted December 17th, 2021 at 11:10 am by Steve Goddard in Bird News

Thursday 16th December 2021

Yellow-browed Warbler 16th Dec 2021

Yellow-brow showing well on top lake on the caravan park side, Black-throated Divers in the bay looking superb with their white side patches standing out in the sunshine (when it was out)

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley
Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 11:10 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Barnstaple - Yelland

Downstream from the bypass were 4 Goosanders, 500+ Lapwings and, among the bigger gulls, 20+ Common, a good number here I think. No Brent Geese in three visits, a bit unusual. A single Snipe flew over: so far have not seen more than one anywhere this Autumn/Winter, very depressing.

In Fremington Pill were the Spotted Redshank and a single Ibis. Was told that the three others had been around Saltpill Pond, but could not find them alas. No Spoonbill on Isley Marsh either, so had to make do with another 750+ Lapwings and 1000+ Golden Plovers being spooked by something I could not see, and a Stonechat gathering nest material.

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 10:46 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Ottery St Mary - Peregrine

Peregrine perched in Cadhay Lane this afternoon. That's a first for me in 30 years living here!

Peregrine
Peregrine

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 8:30 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Wren, Dunnocks, Robins, GSWP, Goldfinches, Great, Blue & L.T. Tits, Raven, Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Yellow Browed Warbler, Crows, Jackdaws, Teal, Little Grebe, Gadwall, Heron, Mute Swans, Muscovy Ducks,                                                                                                           Goodrington Pond: Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Mute Swans, Coot, Moorhen, BHG, H. Gull,. Cormorant and G.C. Grebe off the beach.

Gadwall
Gadwall
Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 8:03 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Broadsands

Cirl Buntings, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Chiffchaffs, Sparrowhawk,  Wood Pigeon, Crow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Cormorants, Herons, Dunnocks, B.T. Divers, G.N .Divers, Fulmar, GBBG, BHG, H. Gulls.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 7:44 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Teignmouth

Oli the leucistic Oystercatcher at Teignmouth today

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 7:36 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Spring around the corner? First bird I heard on arrival this morning was a calling Coal Tit - saw two. Then a couple of calling Great Tits: Song Thrush next?

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again present in willows by the upper lake (lake 3). in willows by the 2nd lake were at least 2 'western' and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs. 

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 4:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Cetti's Warbler

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 1:42 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lower Lake (07:45)

6 Whooper Swan 2 adult 4Juv with full white faces (poss: Icelandic), 40 Goosander 10m 30f, c20 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 3m Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Coot.

Posted December 16th, 2021 at 10:54 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 15th December 2021

Teignmouth Seafront, Point Car Park 10:45 - 12:00

Four Great Northern Divers (all juveniles). A lot of gull, Shag, Greater Cormorant and Gannet activity.  Lovely to see two Harbour Porpoise close to the Ness.

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 9:21 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Trews Weir Exeter

Whilst walking the dog at Trews Weir early this morning; only had the mobile phone to take a picture with!


Posted December 15th, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Fremington Pill

On an afternoon walk along Fremington Pill to the Gaia Trust the highlights were 1 glossy ibis, spotted redshank, 2 greenshank, lots of black-tailed godwits and redshank, many oystercatcher, 20+ dunlin, 1 grey plover, 6 turnstone. On the return leg the roost tree at the top of the Pill had 4 glossy ibis, 5 cattle egret, 2 little egret.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 7:29 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Ruff

That's the bird I think is causing the confusion. Thanks for posting.

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 7:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ruff

Hopefully these recent distant diary photos, taken at Braunton Marshes, are of the same ruff seen by Jon Turner

Ruff
Ruff
Ruff
Ruff

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 6:40 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

Trip around Torbay on Kellys Hero Charters this morning in poor light produced some surprises.  Several pods of feeding Common Dolphins; one pod was very close to shore at Broadsands.  Group of 6 BT Divers .  2 RT Diver, 11 GN Diver, Great Crested Grebe, flock of 21 Common Scoter, 4 Brent Geese overhead, several flocks of Kittiwakes (max group size 25), adult Med Gull, usual Herring and GBB Gulls, Guillemot (increasing numbers in breeding plumage),  2 Pom Skua - record pictures only due to poor light.

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua in flight
Pomarine Skua in flight

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 6:31 pm by GE and LS Carr in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Braunton

6 adult Whooper Swans (1 by roadside, 5 two fields away) at Braunton Marsh this afternoon. Horsey Island (from the southern end) held 116 Shelduck, 150 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 28 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 2 Little Grebes - but I certainly didn't pick up a Stilt - perhaps it was at the other end? Nearby, a Great Northern Diver was on the estuary and 53 Skylarks together at Braunton Burrows. Earlier, there was a Spoonbill off Chivenor, and at Fremington: Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 10 Grey Plover, 65 Black-t Godwits, with Med. Gull and 39 Pintail off Penhill Point. The juv Pale-bellied Brent photo was taken on the 12th at Skern. 1000-1500 Golden Plover seemed to spend most of the time circling high overhead, with up to c800 Lapwings, much as they did during high tide at the weekend - do they not have a safe roost site?

Whooper Swan Braunton Marsh
Whooper Swan Braunton Marsh
Juv Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Skern
Juv Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Skern

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Water Rail still around; also, 3+ Siskins, Green Woodpecker, 3 Goosanders (2 drakes), Little Grebe, Black-tailed Godwit & 7 Greenshanks.

Thanks to everyone who submitted objections to Chelson Meadow solar farm. This has pressured the developer to offer biodiversity improvements to wider areas around the development & an on-going management plan. But at a meeting in Saltram today, with the developer, we expressed remaining concerns; the  best area & key species are still under threat & accountability unclear. The fight goes on! More info soon.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ooJ-fkSosPfTOD3Xga3Iro1gLwgtGppvRaTbGBbO8E0/edit?usp=sharing

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 5:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Stilt

It's the male Ruff seen on the marsh road near the Whooper Swans last week. I saw it with Lapwings at the confluence of the Caen and Taw late this morning.

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 4:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Horsey Island/Braunton Marsh

I know it is December but a Black-Winged Stilt on Horsey Island close to the toll road. It was moving around with a flock of Lapwings. Possibly the same bird that I am told was seen at Velator earlier in the year. Also a Cetti’s warbler singing from vegetation on the Marsh close to the toll road.The Whooper swan was this morning next to the Round Barn adjacent to the roadway the runs across the Marsh.

Posted December 15th, 2021 at 3:38 pm by Kevin Wigley in Bird News

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