Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st December 2021

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

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Friday 31st December 2021

Clyst St Mary, nr Exeter

16:15

1 Whooper Swan still present - viewed from old road bridge.

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 9:16 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exminster

Spent several fruitless hours trying to find the three Geese all about the Marsh but didn't see any of them Nor yet the Glossy Ibis! A different Goose did fly off North East with a lot of Brents, but although we located a lot of Brents at Dart's Farm - no sign of any other species. So we tried the Otter - eventually located 9 or 10 of the Russian White-fronts a long way up the valley. Recorded 59 species during the day - highlight being close views of the female Marsh Harrier. Oh and a Peacock Butterfly at Dart's Farm, and some trees partly felled by Beavers by the Otter river.

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 7:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Hams

At Beesands Ley first thing, drake Ring-necked Duck and 5 Pochards, but no sign of any Lesser Scaup. However at Torcross, a female Lesser Scaup showing very close (between forages further out on Slapton Ley). Also, 12 Goldeneyes, Yellow-legged Gull (4th-winter) and in a filed just south of Slapton Bridge, a Russian White-fronted Goose. A single Snipe at Soar.

Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 5:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes (a Sandwich Tern was seen soon after I left!).

 

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Glossy Ibis near the Turf

One Glossy Ibis flew with a flock of Wigeon and Teal between the railway and the Turf at 10.30am today. After circling around it landed  by the pool adjacent to the end of the marshes.

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 12:27 pm by Nick D’Agorne in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake 

46 Goosander 13m 33f, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Wren, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl, 2m Tufted Duck, Heard the Whooper Swans fly out.

Posted December 31st, 2021 at 9:27 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 30th December 2021

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Every afternoon since early December, a group of up to 40 Jackdaws assemble on a large copper beech in my rear neighbour's garden and chatter away. They then fly off down the road to near where the Crematorium is and where, until recently, a reasonable sized wooded area was. A lot of this has been felled to make way for housing. They then join a flock which numbers well in excess of two hundred which then flies round in circles while calling out as Jackdaws do, before finding, somewhere to roost. Sometimes the whole flock flies up the road and over my house, which is spectacular to see, before heading north and who knows where. Obviously not as visually spectacular as a Starling murmuration but equally as amazing.

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 4:53 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Velator

An early visit to the scrape and Pond showed 7 Godwits out on the scrape and Tufty and the female Pochard on Wrafton Pond. As usual when I visit the reserve in the afternoon, not so many species, but 3 Redwings and 3 Jays were noteworthy. And over 60 Godwits out on the scrape too.  On the way home near the Tesco Bridge a single burst of song from a Song Thrush brightened up a dull day. 

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 4:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh Merganser 30th December.

Drake Red Breasted Merganser still showing well on the pond at Sherpa Marsh this afternoon. 

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 4:18 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Clyst Valley

The adult Whooper Swan was feeding happily in the Clyst floods at Clyst St Mary, together with 5 Pintail and 3 Shelduck.

Earlier, at Bowling Green Marsh, there were at least 100 Pintail, 10+ Pochard, 14 Greylag Geese, 4 Greenshank, Avocet and lots of Teal and Wigeon, all of which were disturbed briefly by a Peregrine circling overhead.

Whooper Swan at Clyst St Mary
Whooper Swan at Clyst St Mary

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 4:17 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

West hoe, Plymouth

On the rocks in front of the houses at Grand Parade, West Hoe, was a Purple Sandpiper dodging the wind and waves. Also, at Sutton harbour were 5 Turnstone and 3 Cormorants.

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 4:14 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Ilfracombe

3 Purple Sandpipers, 7 Oystercatcher, Gannets following pair of porpoise off Capstone HillMay

Posted December 30th, 2021 at 1:33 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Wednesday 29th December 2021

Fremington Pill

At the evening roost were c.12 Little Egret, c.25 Cattle Egret and 5 Glossy Ibis.

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 10:03 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Hope's Nose

A great northern diver was on the sea just beyond the Lead Stone early pm. At least 41 guillemots were on the colony ledges on the Ore Stone, with 3 more flying or on the water, along with a razorbill and 7 gannets circling and diving. Gulls on the sewage slick included 5 kittiwakes and at least 4 common gulls.

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 9:30 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

South Brent ~ Blackcap

A surprise around the garden feeders today with a couple of visits from a female Blackcap, from memory the first over winter female that I have seen here.

Blackcap
Blackcap
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 9:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Skern Northam

A single swallow and a black redstart feeding along the rocks as you drive in on the right. Apologies for photos just had phone

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 5:34 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Exminster Marshes and Turf

On arrival, I found the Tundra Bean Goose on its own near the end of the green lane off Station Road, but after a while it flew off over Topsham water tower and appeared to go down in the Clyst Valley. In the field by the canal at Turf I found an adult White-fronted Goose and the Pink-footed Goose, although the latter walked into the next field west and went out of view. Later a dog walker put everything up and most of the geese flew off.

On the marshes, a Marsh Harrier and Peregrine created a fair bit of havoc among the hordes of waterfowl (over high tide): hundreds each of Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Teal and Wigeon. There were even 2 Sanderlings with the Dunlin flock - odd to see them wading in wet grassland! 6+ Pintail, 4 Grey Plover and a Ruff were among the also rans and at least 3 Cetti's Warblers were along the canal.

Scans off Turf revealed c600 Avocets swimming in the lee of the canal opposite the Goat Walk, plus c160 Pintail, Water Rail and Kingfisher.

Tundra Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 4:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Westward ho

3 purple sandpipers around the pool

Posted December 29th, 2021 at 3:20 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Ashford Strand - Taw Estuary

1 Goldeneye diving every 2 to 3 seconds in choppy water so not an easy subject to photo!

m & f Goosander resting in the mizzle.



Posted December 29th, 2021 at 12:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 28th December 2021

Otter & Exe

A bicycle tour of two estuaries. At Lympstone, a Spoonbill was flying up the estuary towards Topsham at about 10am. Onto Bud Salt for my first view of the exciting Lower Otter Restoration and already this scheme is pulling in a great variety of birds.

On the Northern Big Marsh were the following. 13 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed godwit, 3 Lapwing, Redshank, single Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron and Little Egret, hundreds of Wigeon, Teal and Mallard, a pair of Shoveler, single Mute Swan, several Moorhens, 5 Shelduck, 84 Canada geese, and many Black-headed gull. In the scrub on the western edge were at least 3 Chiffchaffs. The surprise package was a Glossy ibis which flew up river at 1500 hours but did not settle, instead 'hawking' and spooking the ducks!

In the Southern Big Marsh were a minimum 7 Snipe, 10's of teal, several Redshank, single Lapwing, a squealing Water Rail and a couple of Cetti's warbler in a boundary dispute.

North of Little Bank, the 34 White-fronted Geese were present with 6 Shelduck and c15 Little egrets in flooded root crops nearby. One of the geese has a limp, but hopefully will evade the fox!

A great scheme and I congratulate all involved.

Posted December 28th, 2021 at 6:50 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Today's sightings included: Jack Snipe, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshanks, c12 Turnstones, 2+ (drake) Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Goosanders (3 drakes), 21 Mandarin Ducks, drake Teal, 25 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 3 Shags & 2 Roe Deer.  

Posted December 28th, 2021 at 6:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Caen Estuary

Record shot of 1 male Red breasted Merganser on the Caen Estuary this aft.


Posted December 28th, 2021 at 5:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Marsh harriers Exminster

1:30pm Exminster from the RSPB path looking across the gate and field, 4 of us, watched the two juvenile female Marsh Harriers displaying over reeds then one of them having a face-off in the air with a Grey Heron - amazing! also watched a Peregrine trying to catch a Lapwing from the huge flock that flew up.

Posted December 28th, 2021 at 5:27 pm by Jeanne Silvestri in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Strong wind, showers and a high tide this morning resulted in lots of birds on the marsh. The Tundra bean goose and white-fronted goose were still present near but separate from the large flock of Canada geese and brents. All gave excellent views to the north of Station road and from the canal bank south of Topsham Lock cottage. 

Amongst the waders were c10 redshank, c400 black-tailed godwits, c200 lapwing, c200 dunlin, c400 golden plover and one ruff. All the waders were disturbed by a marsh harrier and a peregrine on several occasions.

Posted December 28th, 2021 at 2:01 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

The Skern, Northam yesterday

Black redstart  hopping around on the rocks around the edge. Beautiful little bird. First time we've seen one

Posted December 28th, 2021 at 10:18 am by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Monday 27th December 2021

Hope's Nose

An early afternoon visit produced the Eider and 22 Common Scoters out by the mussel beds. 

Superb views of a Red-throated Diver close in, just off the quarry beach. Two Harbour Porpoises also in Hope Cove. 

Nearby, a lovely adult Med Gull on the slick and a Grey Seal and a GND close to the Lead Stone. 

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 9:18 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Clennon Lakes and playing field, Paignton

The Glossy Ibis has been present all day again today on the playing fields (which a very wet!). Around the lakes 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, at least 3 Water Rail. Plus - rare in Torbay: 1 drake Pochard, 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler.

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 7:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

A good look around Horsey this morning on a falling tide. c1500 Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Redshank & good numbers of Shelduck,  

During the return journey along the Toll Road 6 Whooper Swans flew over Horsey & the Toll Road landing in a field where 4 Swans were already foraging, two of these were adult Mute Swans. 



Posted December 27th, 2021 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Further to my earlier blog, after some research, the two female pheasants with the cinnamon chests I think are female Lady Amerherst's pheasants. their shape and colour is completely different to that of a normal female pheasant.

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 3:33 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In return for braving the heavy rain this morning: 4 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshanks, 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), female Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Grebes & 29 Wigeon. 

Snipe
Snipe
Snipe
Snipe

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 3:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck, 2 Lesser Scaups and 7 Pochards this morning.

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 1:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Just been out to my field and refilled my feeders. My lady pheasant with the chestnut coloured chest was waiting and fed from what I put on the ground for oblivious to me moving backwards and forwards filling my feeders. She was soon joined by three other females, two with normal plumage and another like her. Robins, magpies and pairs of Great, Blue and Coal Tits soon arrived and were joined by a grey squirrel who hung upside to feed from the the seed feeder. A Mistle Thrush was also noted.

Posted December 27th, 2021 at 12:09 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Sunday 26th December 2021

Slapton Ley

2 Black-necked Grebes ( Ireland Bay ) and Snow Bunting ( on beach c50 meters south of Memorial Car Park ) still present. Other highlights 4 Cattle Egrets roosting in Hartshorn Plantation, 36 Gadwalls, 155 Tufted Ducks and male Goldeneye. Just one Pochard. In the bay 5 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Northern Divers.

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 8:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose

This morning, an Eider and 18+ Common Scoters around the mussel beds. 

3 Red-throated Divers and a GND around the Point. Redwing calling from scrub. 4 Meadow Pipits south of the quarry. Also, 6 Common Dolphins and a Harbour Porpoise. 

Pom Skua seen by others to the south at lunchtime.  No sign of yesterday's reported Glaucous Gull. 

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 7:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Velator

Out on the scrape a Redshank, and 24 or so Black-tailed Godwits, plus a Little Egret. In the reserve a few birds ringed included the 5th Jay this winter! GSW, Treecreeper, 2 Water Rails, (+ 2 more in the field as I left), over Sherpa Marsh a female Marsh Harrier. 

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 6:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The highlights from a day at Exminster Marshes were of course the Bean and White-fronted Geese. Aerial manoeuvres from a large flock of Golden Plover and a flyby Spoonbill with a hunting female Marsh Harrier were the best of the rest. Top spot though, goes to the Canada Goose swimming up the road. Take your wellies


Posted December 26th, 2021 at 6:04 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Clennon Valley Lakes, Torbay

Afternoon visit. The glossy ibis was still present with the crows on the boggy playing fields opposite lake 1. On the lakes, pr gadwall, pr shoveler, pr tufted duck, teal and dabchick all on lake 1, and at least 2 water rail on lakes 2 and 3.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 5:57 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A good days birding on Exminster marsh and surrounding area with 63 species ticked off during the day, Peregrine on one of the pylons eating its prey, four Kingfisher sightings, adult female Hen Harrier.

A Greylag hybrid goose, three Egyptian Geese and a Muscovy duck were with the Canada goose flock near Turf.

Good numbers of Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Oyster Catcher (the ringed leucistic bird was seen on the golf course at Starcross) along with good numbers of Brent Geese and Curlew.

Two Cetti’s warbler, Snipe, Red Breasted Merganser, female Pochard, a large flock of Avocet flew over the marsh from the Topsham area.

Highlight was the reported Tundra Bean Goose that was keeping company with a White Fronted Goose.

Tundra Bean Goose & White Fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose & White Fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose & White Fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose & White Fronted Goose

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point to Mattiscombe Beach

Great Northern Diver in Start Bay, 2 Razorbill off Point and 3 Black Redstart.

Non-avian: 2 Grey Seal

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 2:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

The Skern

Skern late morning – large numbers of shelduck, Brent geese, oystercatchers, dunlin, wigeon, 30+ pintail, 20+ grey plover, 6 golden plover, curlew, cormorant, redshank.

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 2:06 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Dartford Warblers active on the Commons and enjoying the sun this morning with one male in song.  Otherwise not much else around other than a Goldcrest.

Posted December 26th, 2021 at 1:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 25th December 2021

Swallow - Westward Ho! -- 24/12/21

A lone Swallow flying near Nassau Court at 1515.

As if it's Summer.

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 8:01 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

Snow Buntings in flight on Christmas Day!

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 5:02 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound from Mount Batten Breakwater

One, probably juvenile, black-throated diver and a solitary adult kittiwake around.  Also the usual shags, cormorants, herring and blacked gulls, an oystercatcher, a rock pipit and a family of mute swans.

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 4:04 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Bickington

Lots of activity in the garden today - the highlights so far were a male blackcap on the Himalayan honeysuckle and a female sparrowhawk stopping off to look for a bit of lunch, unsuccessfully.

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 1:14 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday 24th.

45 Goosander 13m 32f (best total this winter), 6 Whooper Swan 2adults 4 juv.

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 1:13 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

South Brent ~ Swans !!

09.20hrs this morning on leaving the house I heard the sound of heavy wing beats passing overhead, looking up to see seven Swan flying over, clearly smaller than Mute Swan so can only assume that they were Whoppers, head appeared smaller and more slender than Mute swans, very poor light so unable to pick out any further details, hopefully someone else will spot them.

Female Sparrowhawk flushing 20 plus Redwings from the hedgerows, Raven and Jay.

Posted December 25th, 2021 at 10:02 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 24th December 2021

Exminster Marshes

14:58 - 15:56

Tundra Bean, White-fronted and Pink-footed Goose all visible in one ‘scope view. 

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 9:02 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Male Goosander and Old Nog on the river.Treecreeper,Nuthatch,Greenfinch Marsh Tit,GSW in the orchard along with a Willow Tit displaying very chestnut coloured flanks……very rare at this site.Supplementary feeding continues in the bird mix field…….appreciated by several hundred finches mainly Chaffinch Linnet and Bullfinch but also over 70 Goldfinch who particularly like the seeds of the creeping thistle! Male Sparrowhawk causing mayhem among the finches.Barley stubbles providing plenty of feed for Chaffinches,80 Starling 40 Woodpigeon,Stock Dove and Skylark.30 Fieldfare  and 40 Redwing also seen.The egg shell of a freshly hatched Woodpigeon found and non avian included 3 Roe Deer,8 Red Deer and a Stoat.Winter Moths active this evening as well as a Pipistrelle and several Tawny Owls.

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 6:30 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Very late swallow hunting over field by Haunted House at Westward Ho! At 3.50

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 4:28 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two visits to Exminster today, Tundra Bean & White-fronted Geese. 750+ Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 35+ Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 800+ Blackwits, 350+ Lapwing, 500+ Golden Plover, Peregrine and 3 1st wint Marsh Harriers seen on both visits.

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 2:28 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The single Tundra Bean & Russian White-fronted Geese still present this morning, showing well through the 'scope, before the rain set in. Also, 3 Marsh Harriers, c500 Golden Plovers & a Cetti's Warbler. 

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 1:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay

The Glossy Ibis was Still present on Clennon Valley Playing fields this morning

Broadsands: 18 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. On the sea 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 70+ Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 300+ Gannets, 50+ Kittiwake, 45 Shag 20+ cormorants, 15+ Common Dolphins.

Posted December 24th, 2021 at 11:52 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 23rd December 2021

Exminster Marshes

Buzzard, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Blackwits, Robins, Blackbirds, Curlews, Stonechats ,Wood Pigeons, Marsh Harriers, Herons, Mallards, Whooper Swans ,Shelduck, Crows, Shovellers, Lapwings, Magpies, Cormorants, Wrens, White Fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Coot, Grey Wagtail, Blue tit, Great tit, Little Egrets, Redshank, BHG, Goldeneye

Tundra Bean Goose and White Fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose and White Fronted Goose
Whooper Swans
Whooper Swans

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 11:10 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Blackwits, Curlews, Redshank, Dunlin, Greenshank, Avocet, Snipe,, Moorhen, Coot, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Pintail, Pochard, Gadwall, Shelduck, Greylag Geese, Brent Geese, Mute Swans, Whooper Swans( 3 landed shortly after 0900 but were chased off by the Mutes), L.Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Kestrel, LBBG, BHG.

Avocets
Avocets
Mute Swan with Avocets
Mute Swan with Avocets

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 10:52 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Sanderling on Saunton Sands

At least 30+ Sanderling feeding along the waters edge at low tide this afternoon on Saunton Sands. Lovely little wader to watch scurrying in and out the dog walkers and surfers feeding as they go.

Sanderling on Saunton Sands
Sanderling on Saunton Sands
Sanderling
Sanderling

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 9:35 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Wrafton pond (late post from Wednesday 22nd)

Amongst all the usual Mallard and BHG's were two highlights.  A female Common Pochard and a  handsome male Tufted Duck. 

Female Common Pochard
Female Common Pochard
Male Tufted duck
Male Tufted duck

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 8:45 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Creek

At 16.13, the same time as two days ago, four Glossy Ibis, earlier seen in the field near Saltpill Duck Pond, flew in and landed near the sluice. Minutes later they were joined by the fifth! After a little time spent feeding and preening they flew upstream to the roost at 16.35.


Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 8:42 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Bean Goose seen today on Exminster marshes {I was told it was a Tundra Bean Goose).


Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 7:12 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Clennon revisited

Further to my earlier report and at the request of the editor, attached are two photos of the garganey or maybe not!!

(Eds: Philip it's a female Mallard (with Moorhen) on left and female Shoveler right)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 5:34 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Fremington Pill

A flying visit to the top end of Fremington Pill late afternoon – spotted redshank, several redshanks, 12+ teal, 4 cattle egrets in the tree, 1 greenshank, 1 curlew.

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 4:43 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

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 23rd, 2021 at 3:44 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Good to be out despite the rain

A dismal and damp morning at Clennon was brightened by the sights. The ibis is still in residence, two pair of teal, the garganey, a kingfisher, a little egret, a pair of shovelers and a possible gadwall. No signs of the pochard or warblers but all in all worth getting wet for. 

Eds - Garganey would be an exceptional winter record and an extreme rarity at this site at any time of year. Can you confirm details please. Also please put site in title on future postings. Thanks

ibis
ibis
shoveler
shoveler

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 1:08 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

09:00

3 Whooper Swan

Posted December 23rd, 2021 at 9:56 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

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 22nd, 2021 at 8:57 pm by James Walsh in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

There was surprisingly three Whooper Swans at the marshes around midday visible from the canal bank. Other sightings included large numbers of Lapwing, Wigeon and Brent Geese as well as a Marsh Harrier, Pintails, Shovelers, Teals, Golden Plovers and a Raven.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 8:48 pm by K Pooley in Bird News

Clennon Lakes, Torbay

The glossy ibis was again present on the playing fields opposite lake 1, from 12.30 to at least 13.35, feeding voraciously on big earthworms. The yellow-browed wabler was present high in the willows above the track by the lake 3 inlet stream. On the lakes a drake pochard (a rare bird for Torbay) was present on the lower end of lake 1. Also present, 1 gadwall, 8+ teal, 4 dabchicks, a water rail (heard) and cetti's warbler (heard).

Jumping Glossy ibis
Jumping Glossy ibis
Pochard
Pochard

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Around the Exe

Cockwood / Starcross ~ Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Common Gull.

Powderham ~ 40 plus Linnet on the wires over the stubble field.

Fisherman's car park to Turf ~ Good numbers of Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Brent Geese, Canada Geese (one leucistic with white neck and head and one bird with a metal tag ring the only ringed Canada I have ever seen) Several Dunlin, two Water Rail heard.

A large number of Avocet in the distance looking back towards Topsham.

At times the sky was filled with Golden Plover no doubt due to a very active female Marsh Harrier quartering the marsh, a Peregrine on the pylons and a Kestrel hunting either side of the canal.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover        Grey Plover - Eds
Redshank
Redshank

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 7:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Beesands and Slapton Ley

At Beesands 2 female Lesser Scaup gave great views to right of the hide.

Two Black-Necked Grebe at Ireland Bay end of Slapton.  Several Firecrests among numerous Goldcrests seen along path at back of Ley.  Goldeneye, 2 male and 1 female, seen from Stokeley hide.  Males performing head-tossing displays.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 4:08 pm by Kev and Jacki Solman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Interesting walk along the roadside footpath close to  where most birds were feeding sheltered by the reeds. Snow Bunting on footpath by Memorial, good numbers of Tufted Ducks on the Ley,together with male and female Goldeneye and two Black necked Grebes,also a few Gadwall. Two very vocal Cettis Warblers flying about by the path plus four Stonechats.

A Marsh Harrier flew over the entrance to the Reserve,but the bird of the day was a Whitefronted Goose that flew into one of the fields above the Reserve

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 3:43 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Soar

Last winter farmland bird count for 2021 and numbers back on the up: 1110 Skylark (highest so far), 87 Yellowhammer & 59 Cirl Bunting. Also: 36 Golden Plover, 20 Stock Dove, 29 Pheasant (not released birds), 17 Meadow Pipit, 18 Song Thrush, 30 Starling, 70 Goldfinch & 35 Linnet.

Non-avian: 3 Brown Hare, 10 Sika Deer inc.9 stags, 8 Roe Deer inc.one stag. 

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 3:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Otterton

2 cirl buntings sitting in a bush.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 3:21 pm by Ruth Pierson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Firecrest again, this morning together with Stonechat, Bullfinch, c20 Redwings, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshanks, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 8+ Goosanders (3+ drakes), 27 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebes & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 3:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

Wrafton Pond had 7 or 8 Gadwall a few Shoveler, 2 Teal and a drake Tufted Duck, along with a Snipe. In the reserve Jay, Water Rail, Chiffchaff and Kingfisher all present, but today the Finches were keeping a low profile in the strong wind. Shooters again down at Sherpa, but didn't hear many shots.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Axminster Swallow

For the fourth consecutive day the juvenile  Barn Swallow continues to hawk flying insects  around our Axminster house. It appears to be reasonably successful in capturing its prey, although perhaps not quite so rapidly as on previous days. I roosted last night on the garage guttering.

Posted December 22nd, 2021 at 1:56 pm by Rodney Gayer 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 22nd, 2021 at 11:08 am by James Walsh in Bird News

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