Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st February 2021

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In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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Thursday 18th February 2021

Hope's Nose

12.00

A female Long-Tailed Duck south of the point.  A Red-throated Diver off the point.  21 Great Northern Divers between the Lead Stone and Long Quarry Point.  At least six Great Crested Grebes between the Lead Stone and Hope Cove  Also, 2 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Grey Seals.

Later, between 16.20-17.35, the Juv Glaucous Gull in flight and sat on the sea near the Lead Stone.  

Posted February 18th at 7:14 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

Eight Great Northern Divers off the sea front today 10.30 am .

Posted February 18th at 7:07 pm by Keith Bowcock in Bird News

Garden - Braunton

Our flutter of garden House Sparrows enjoying the sunshine this aft after a good meal on the seed feeder.


Posted February 18th at 6:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

A high soaring Peregrine over home this morning, it spent a few minutes mobbing one of a pair of soaring Buzzards. A male Sparrow hawk came in and landed on one of my feed station stands in the afternoon.

While watching 12 Green finch on the feeders another 30 plus flew in and landed in the top of a tree at the end of the garden, most I have seen here for some time.

Siskin's showing well over the last few days with two females and two males in together yesterday, with a pair seen today.

Approx 40 Redwing's around the field hedgerows.

Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail and Starling showing well.

Peregrine mobbing a Buzzard
Peregrine mobbing a Buzzard
Female Siskin
Female Siskin

Posted February 18th at 5:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon's walk revealed: 2 Fieldfares, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Common Sandpipers, 13 Wigeon & a female Goosander.

Posted February 18th at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Fairly distant views of the Great Northern Diver and the Long Tailed Duck off the Mountbatten ferry pontoon.  A solitary Purple Sandpiper on the rocks inside the west end of the breakwater

Great Northern Diver
Long Tailed Duck
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted February 18th at 4:19 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Broadsands

Another evening watch off Broadsands tonight: 49 Great Northern Divers (inc rafts of 15, 11, 7 and 5), 1 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 140+ Common Gulls, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Black-throated Diver Broadsands 17 FEb 2021

Black-throated Diver - Broadsands

 

Posted February 17th at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, c300 Dunlins, 2 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, adult Mediterranean Gull (unringed), 16 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including 1 showing characteristics of intermedius) all on Blaxton Meadow at high tide. Also, around the patch, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), female Goosander, 24 Mandarin Ducks (14 drakes), Green Woodpecker & 2 Stonechats.

Posted February 17th at 4:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Labrador Bay

11.45

From the clifftop section of the SWCP - Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, many Cirl Buntings (several singing) and a Skylark in full song aloft.  2 species of raptor.  Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted February 17th at 3:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe to Marsh Mills cycle ride

Cycle ride from the Rusty Anchor to Marsh Mills, I saw 46 species.

Rusty Anchor-purple sandpiper roosting on rocks between HMS York and HMS Vanguard models.

Hoe-Great Northern Diver

SW coast path-distant views of the Long-tailed duck

Laira bridge- little grebe but no BN grebe

Along the Plym Estuary- redshank, greenshank, dunlins, curlews, a pair of goosanders, a pair of red-breasted mergansers, shelducks and wigeons.

Marsh Mills-on the bridge over the river-a pair of grey wagtails, common sandpiper and a single dipper.

Posted February 17th at 2:45 pm by Roger Bolden in Bird News

Velator

Wrafton Pond devoid of all the 'interesting' Ducks today - too much disturbance from nearby machinery? Scrape had Teal Wigeon Redshank Swans and unusual here: LBB Gull. In the reserve, a very vocal Green Woodpecker, GSW, about 40 Redwings, A few each of Green Gold Chaff and 1 Bullfinch. plus most of the other usual suspects. A Grey Heron in the field to the south.

North end of Braunton: 2 Dippers from the bridge over the river Caen at Caen St School.

Posted February 17th at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck, GND, Mountbatten 17th Feb

LTD and GND off Slipways and pontoon. Iron Bridge only saw a Little Grebe.

Posted February 17th at 11:17 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Please note with regret that the East Bank Hide above the Otter Estuary is now closed for safety reasons. The hide has been vandalised on a number of occasions and is regarded as no longer fit for purpose. It is planned to remove the hide and to return the site to its natural state.  

Posted February 17th at 9:48 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Stover Country Park

Working in Newton Abbot and Ashburton today so had an opportunity to pop in to Stover.  While walking around the lake I spotted five female Goosander, ten or twelve Tufted duck and a Water rail.

Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted February 16th at 10:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Great Northern Diver 20m off the Wet Wok around 3pm. Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher and a Peregrine flyby. Distant views of the LT Duck and another GND near Mountbatten.

Posted February 16th at 10:05 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Barn Owl sighting

At 5:20pm today I had a brief sighting of a barn owl gliding across fields between Totnes and Dartington. 

Posted February 16th at 9:31 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Ottery Skylark

Singing Skylark this afternoon, field between Fluxton nr Ottery and West Hill. First of the year.

Posted February 16th at 8:22 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Birds busy feeding on 20 acres of various crops.....fodder radish a late winter favourite.Supplementary feeding has also attracted 120 stock doves,250 linnets 300 chaffinches including European species and another mixed flock of 300 comprising chaffinch goldfinch bullfinch and greenfinch.Also seen treecreeper,Marsh tit and 5 buzzards.Meadow pipits and starling feeding amongst the kale.

Posted February 16th at 7:39 pm by Brian N. in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning,

21 Goosander, 1m Tufted Duck, 4 Willow Tit, 6 Coal Tit, 9 Blue Tit. 10 Mallard, 5 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted February 16th at 7:30 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Stranding of Starfish off Teignmouth

As mentioned in my last post, there was a mass stranding of Starfish and Crabs off Smugglers Cove, Teignmouth, today, providing food for the gulls and Divers.


Posted February 16th at 6:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Whooper swan juvenile Braunton Marsh

Juvenile Whooper swan this evening feeding with a dozen or so Mute Swans.

Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)
Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)

Posted February 16th at 6:30 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Great Northern Divers off Teignmouth Seafront

Not often that you see so many Divers off Teignmouth seafront, but there were 7 Great Northern Divers this afternoon, including a flock of 4 feeding together. The mass stranding of starfish and crabs could have something to do with it. The Black-Headed Gulls were certainly enjoying the feast!

Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg

Posted February 16th at 6:25 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands this evening: 35 Great Northern Divers (inc a raft of 19), 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter, 1 adw Mediterranean Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (inc 3 intermedius types in flock)

Posted February 16th at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mount Batten

Yet another shot of the lovely female L.T. Duck and a Great Northern Diver off Mount Batten this afternoon. Also a flypast of a R.B. Merganser, Cormorants, Shags and Oystercatchers

Long Tailed Duck
Long Tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted February 16th at 5:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Black-necked Grebe on River Plym - Plymouth

Seen fishing close to the Iron Bridge

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe with fish
Black-necked Grebe with fish

Posted February 16th at 5:20 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 Glossy Ibis flew over the Pill at 16.00 this afternoon & set down in the fields opposite the pill road. 

Posted February 16th at 4:27 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.45

Juv Glaucous Gull in flight around and sat on the Lead Stone.  28 Great Northern Divers between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  6 Purple Sandpipers on low rocks close to the point.  5 Great Crested Grebes.

Female Black Redstart around the boulders on the small beach and cliff faces on the south side. 

Later, a Great Northern Diver in the outer part of Torquay Harbour.  2 Great Crested Grebes off Torre Abbey Sands.  A Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret and Grey Heron at Corbyn's Head.     

Posted February 16th at 4:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Female Long-tailed Duck

The Female long-tailed Duck still showing very well at Mountbatten



Posted February 16th at 3:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Trew Weir, Exeter

Long-tailed Duck still present this morning, also Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Lesser Black-backed Gulls returning with 4 Adults present

Posted February 16th at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Isley Marsh

At Isley this morning ; 3 Spoonbills & 2 Great crested grebes.

Posted February 16th at 3:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Birds

At Mount Batten bay L.T Duck  still present ,also 1G N Diver.

Posted February 16th at 11:59 am by Sylvia tucker in Bird News

South Brent

While cycling into South Brent yesterday chance sighting of a high flying Woodcock passing over the A38 near the Carew slip road.

Around home this morning Heron, Nuthatch, two male Siskin and a very vocal Firecrest in the garden.

Posted February 16th at 11:33 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

The Grey Plover, but only 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks and 5 Teal on the flooded meadow this morning.  An adult Mediterranean Gull, with a nearly full black hood brings to three seen here in recent days.

Posted February 16th at 11:30 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

S Molton community woodland

Two song thrush chasing, quivering, displaying

Posted February 16th at 10:19 am by art symons in Bird News

Mount Batten

Long-tailed Duck still off the slipway this morning 

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted February 16th at 8:54 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 15th February 2021

Cattewater & Saltram, Plymouth

Highlight of mid-day visit to Cattedown was the Long-tailed Duck off the Mountbatten watersports centre, a now rare visitor to Plymouth.  In Saltram Park at dusk was a Water Rail.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Ravens nesting in Cullompton

While working in Cullompton, I have watched a pair of Ravens carrying sticks and building a nest in a large conifer near the centre of town. The tree is a large conifer in a private garden adjacent to Station road and just down the hill from the Police station.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

Skern at low tide

As the afternoon drew to a close many gulls came in to assemble before heading out to sea presumably to roost on the water. Herring Gulls, Common Gulls and over six hundred Black-headed Gulls. In amongst them all were three adult Mediterranean Gulls and a white necked Ruff who looked, and appeared to feel, ever so slightly out of place. A nice bird to see though.

Posted February 15th at 7:35 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Snow bunntings

A pair of snow buntings showing well on Northam Burrows this morning

Posted February 15th at 6:14 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News

Plympton

A Peregrine on a kill on a farm field just off Plymbridge Lane. 2 Canada Geese with 2 female Goosanders on larger pool and for the first time I saw a pair of Goosander on the smaller circular pool at Boringdon G. C .who looked like they were building up to a mating session. A Buzzard, Crows, Magpies ans several Skylarks over the course.

Peregrine
Peregrine
Goosanders
Goosanders

Posted February 15th at 6:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Braunton Burrows this afternoon

Took a walk from home today which took us to Sandy Lane Car Park and along the SW Coast Path towards Saunton Golf club. The first birds if interest were a flock of 18 Magpies keeping the cattle company. A cock Pheasant ran ahead of us before hiding in deep cover then a distant blob in some trees turned out to be a Great Spotted Woodpecker.  A couple of Redwing were seen flying and Songthrush was seen but not heard. On the return leg we spotted a small flock of about 6 Longtailed tits 3 Bluetits 2 2 Great tits and a stunning male Bullfinch. The highlight of the walk though was undoubtedly our first singing Skylarks of the year! At least five heard and seen. Uplifting  :)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.
Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.

Posted February 15th at 5:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide first thing - Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 62 Curlews, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Teal, the female Red-crested Pochard, 21 Wigeon & 1st-w Mediterranean Gull. Also today, adult Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Stock Doves, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes) & 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes).

Around the Cattewater, adult Mediterranean Gull (Polish-ringed PHAU), sinensis Cormorant (adult), 2 Grey Wagtails & a Common Sandpiper. 

Posted February 15th at 4:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 12.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well on low rocks towards the point and also in flight to and from the Lead Stone.  16 Great Northern Divers and 11 Great Crested Grebes between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Lead Stone.

Two Meadow Pipits on the main slope and a male Blackcap in the higher scrub, towards the gate.

A female Black Redstart around the boulders near the small beach on the south side.  

Posted February 15th at 3:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ivybridge

13/2/21 1500 On a garage roof in Ivybridge picking at the moss. Hooded Crow. Other Rooks around and at first sight (very close about 3m) thought it was some sort of albino, but after some research am convinced that it must be Hooded Crow possibly blown down by the NE high winds recently.

Posted February 15th at 2:41 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands : 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in the marsh behind the beach again today.

Around the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (Paignton) 7 Common Scoter, 11 Great Northern Divers (mostly Broadsands), 3 Red-throated Divers, 21 Great Crested Grebes.

   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML

Posted February 15th at 11:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bird

In Clovelly bay off mount batten 1 L T Duck. found by Russ Enon this am.

Posted February 15th at 10:02 am by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Showed well on the river all yesterday between the weir and the bottom of Weirfield Road. Flew down river 5:30 pm, has returned above the weir again this morning. 

Posted February 15th at 8:59 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

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