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/
 
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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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Wednesday 24th February 2021

Exminster Marshes

Very large group (hundreds) of Dark-bellied Brent Geese with possibly a stray Pale-bellied amongst them. Can someone confirm this please?

Pale-bellied Brent Goose?
Pale-bellied Brent Goose?

Posted February 24th at 6:22 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Hollicombe Head, Preston, Paignton

The Leucistic Blackbird, which has been been reported at the headland a number of times, was showing well this morning.

Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird

Posted February 24th at 2:19 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Taw/Torridge Estuary

Up to twenty Pintail on the Skern as the tide retreated late afternoon. Seen not far from the bridge. Thanks to ?? who gave me the tip off yesterday. 

Posted February 23rd at 11:11 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Further to yesterday's post went back on beach this morning and took more photos as Mike Langman is sure the bird is an Auk.

Eds - Yes, a Guillemot

Posted February 23rd at 6:21 pm by Nicola Delves in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Mediterranean Gulls on this afternoon's high tide (3 ads + 2nd-w); also, 4 Little Grenes, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 31 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 52 Curlews, 56 Shelducks (including Axe-ringed A06), Shag & 9 Stock Doves.

Posted February 23rd at 5:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster and Powderham

Walked from Countesswear to Powderham Park and back this morning. Highlight was the GW-f Goose family close to the canal between Swan's Nest Road and Topsham lock.

Of lesser note were two singing Treecreepers, my first of the year, opposite the sewage works. Also:

- on the storage lagoon, 4 Pochards, a good number nowadays, and 3 Tufteds;

- in the estuary, 800+ Blackwits in a single flock, with 25+ Barwits in smaller groups nearby, 50+ Grey Plovers scattered around and the usual Golden flock huddled together;

- near Turf, a Cirl Bunting in one of their less regular spots;

- West of the railway below Turf, the Snow Goose was still with the Canadas. There is so much dead ground when one looks from the seawall that the Barnacles could still be there too;

- in the Park, 30+ Stock Doves, the most there yet;

- in the Park and around the Kenn outfall, 10+ Greenshanks.

Missing today were Pintail and the Egyptian Geese.

Posted February 23rd at 4:57 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wembury

A 1st winter Glaucous Gull resting alone on the rocks along the beach at Wembury this morning before being disturbed by dog walkers and flying off towards Plymouth.

Eds - pale eye, pale bill-tip & generally (appears to have) very pale plumage; so perhaps 2nd or 3rd-winter?

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted February 23rd at 4:46 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Well after a bonanza of birds in the warm calm sunshine yesterday, it was back to earth with a bump today: not much at all in the reserve, but now 2 drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. Little Egret out on the scrape.

Posted February 23rd at 2:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cattle egrets in Tamerton Foliot

Spotted yesterday (22/2/21). Small number of cattle egrets at the top of the village.

cattle egrets
cattle egrets

Posted February 23rd at 11:51 am by Robert Price in Bird News

Broadsands

A female Brambling joined the Cirl Bunting flock (22 today) on seed in the 2nd car park, also a single male Yellowhammer, its odd they are not more regular at the site although the winter of 2019/20 saw up to 7 coming to the seed here. In the marsh behind the beach 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and a single collybita chiffchaff.

 Yellowhammer Broadsands 23 Feb 2021 ML Yellowhammer Broadsands 23 Feb 2021 ML

   Yellowhammer

Posted February 23rd at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Exeter

Doing her bit to control the local Feral Pigeon infestation!



Posted February 23rd at 10:34 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Monday 22nd February 2021

Plympton, Crownhill Down to Lee Moor

Afternoon mtb ride gave a Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the Tory Brook. On the remnant of Crownhill Down three Yellowhammers, my first this year, with three Meadow Pipit in a hawthorn. Ten Stonechats were notable. A Sparrowhawk. Over Whitehill china clay tip four Buzzards caused a stir among the Skylarks.

Posted February 22nd at 8:59 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mount batten

In clovelly bay this pm 1GNDiver and  the LT Duck was still present.

Posted February 22nd at 8:42 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

South Brent

Six stonechats (three pairs) on Brent Hill, and four (first winter?) loosely together on farmland below, represents an increase on the two-three wintering birds. Perhaps an arrival of migrants en route to breeding areas on the moor or beyond?

Also today, 11 roosting goosanders at the Avon Dam (one pair mated) and six teal including two displaying males.

Stonechat (first winter?)
Stonechat (first winter?)

Posted February 22nd at 8:19 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

Old churchyard mid-pm, a male Firecrest, crown blazing, chasing a Goldcrest. Inter-specific aggression or courtship?

Posted February 22nd at 7:25 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plympton

Afternoon walk from Plympton to Hemerdon and Crownhill Down produced my first Wheatear of the year in fact it's the earliest I've ever seen one. Lots of Skylarks Pipits and Stonechats. Several Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Sparrow Hawk .In Furzeacre Wood a GSW 8 Greenfinches, a solitary Fieldfare with a flock of Redwing and a singing Dipper on the Tory Brook.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Dipper
Dipper

Posted February 22nd at 7:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Great Northern Diver?

Soryy that my first post is of a dead bird on Budleigh Salterton beach tthsi morning. I am almost certain it is a  GND.

Posted February 22nd at 6:42 pm by Nicola Delves in Bird News

Torbay

Check around the Torbay beaches today: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 14 Great Norther Divers, 46 Great Crested Grebes. 

Posted February 22nd at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In glorious sunshine, a female/imm Tufted Duck on the narrow river, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Goosanders (3 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats, 5+ Stock Doves & 8 Roe Deer, 

Posted February 22nd at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Estuary and Saltram

Three adult Mediterranean Gulls (all s/p = one with full black head, two with partial black heads).  Seven Goosanders (3 males), two Bar=tailed Godwits, two Common Sandpipers, one Common Gull.

Posted February 22nd at 3:00 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Tarka trail , North Devon.

Saltpill pond , 4 Glossy Ibis , a pair of Shoveler and singing Cetti’s warbler.

2 Spoonbill at Isley and 1 at Fremington quay.    The rough fields across 

the trail from Penhill point towards Anchor Bank held 8 Cattle Egrets.

adult Male Peregrine on Torridge bridge.

Posted February 22nd at 12:12 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

South Molton

Robins displaying


Posted February 22nd at 12:08 pm by art symons in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Pair Great Sp Woodecker mating. Nuthatch, Redwings.

Posted February 22nd at 11:22 am by art symons in Bird News

Red kite over Cullompton

Single Red kite flying over Cullompton town centre, heading north-east at 09.37 this morning. 

Posted February 22nd at 10:15 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Sunday 21st February 2021

South Brent

A Tawny owl very active and vocal around the house this evening.

A pair of Siskin on the feeders this morning.

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

Posted February 21st at 8:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Wintering Whimbrel seen in Charleton Bay this morning

Posted February 21st at 8:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose

15.45

Juv Glaucous Gull at the point.  38 Great Northern Divers between the Orestone and Anstey's Cove.  1 Red-throated Diver beyond the Lead Stone. 

Female Black Redstart showed very well on the south side.

5 Shelducks in flight, heading south.    

Posted February 21st at 7:43 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront Mid Afternoon

Further to David Cope's post, walking on the front towards the Yacht club picked up a group of six Great Northern Divers in a loose but close group, not really diving and reasonably static, a couple more further in feeding on shore crabs. Walking back to the Ness saw another group of nine close together and in a line swimming towards Bundle Head, again not diving much and another two further out. Pretty calm sea after the last few days, maybe just resting? Any thoughts? Also a Harbour Porpoise breaching slightly behind the group of nine.

EDS: These groups of Great Northern Divers typically 'raft' while resting and particularly when going to roost in the evening sometimes in quite large groups - see earlier posts on Torbay Divers.

Posted February 21st at 7:16 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Three Beaches Torbay

On the sea: 18 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated and 1 Red-throated Diver, 39 Great Crested Grebes. Looks like the Great Northern Divers might have started to disperse already now the winds have subsided.

Posted February 21st at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skylark in Plymouth

A skylark displaying over Chelson Meadow was a welcome sign of spring this afternoon

Posted February 21st at 5:45 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Tufted Ducks (1 drake) on the lower estuary; also, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), 5 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Shag & Mediterranean Gull (adult winter).

Posted February 21st at 4:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bideford area

At Weare Giffard this afternoon 2 Cattle Egret in fields by bridge at Annery Kiln. 
On the Skern the male  Black Redstart present on rocks near Appledore Bridge

Posted February 21st at 4:46 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Albino Magpie

Think we have just seen an albino magpie by Beaumont road church today - no chance for a pic as we were driving - Never knew these existed but see a reference to it in 2017 on this blog. Very interesting.

Eds - yes; this is a leucistic bird which frequents that area of Plymouth.

Posted February 21st at 3:55 pm by Paul Aldersley in Bird News

Wrafton

Drake Pochard on the pond this morning, with Wigeon and Shoveler but no Gadwall. Water Rail, Goldcrest and Cetti's Warbler in the reserve, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher in the river.

Posted February 21st at 2:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tarka Trail Ashford side.

Went for a walk along the Ashford side of the Tarka trail this morning. Dull and overcast with a milky sun trying to shine through the cloud. Lots to see. On the river side lots of Redshank, Oystercatchers and Curlew. Some Sheduck, Cormorants and Gulls on the sandbanks. Of interest was a pair of Goosander, the male displaying at times whilst they floated up and down the river fishing, coming close to shore several times. A Spoonbill and Great White Egret stood close together. On the land side where Bradiford Water comes to join the river were up to 40 Teal, some Canada Geese and more Oystercatchers.

Posted February 21st at 1:58 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Goshawk - Kingsteignton

A single Goshawk circling over Kingsteignton for 10 - 15 minutes this morning about 1125

Eds: A rare record of a migrant Goshawk away from known breeding areas. The breeding season is already here for some species, including Goshawk, so please refer to the guidelines if unsure.

Posted February 21st at 1:22 pm by JDA in Bird News

Teignmouth seafront

Off the seafront this morning 8 Great northern Divers, 1 Red throated Diver, 2 Common Scotor and a Great Crested Grebe. A female Black Redstart around the Den last week.

Posted February 21st at 12:47 pm by David Cope in Bird News

West Hoe and Plymouth Sound

Great views of 2 Purple Sandpipers, with 9 Turnstones, feeding on rocks below Maritimos.  All moved round to Rusty Anchor rocks as the tide rose.  Also 3 Great Northern Divers close in to sea wall.

Posted February 21st at 12:07 pm by Jacki and Kevin Solman in Bird News

Brambling-Harford Ivybridge

Alongside the regular coal tits, blue tits, marsh tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches, house sparrows, woodpecker and great tits we have been visited by a brambling. A lock down treat.

 

Posted February 21st at 10:43 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

270+ Chaffinch along with one female Brambling. 10+ Reed Bunting, 62 Lapwing, 120+ Teal and as is often the case, a Kestrel. 

Posted February 21st at 10:38 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Broadsands

Checking  roost last night with Simon Tonge: minimum of 55 Great N Divers (max raft size 10 also 7,7 6) but many still feeding so could easily have missed some, 2 Black-t Divers,  24 Great C Grebes, 1 ad w Mediterranean Gull, 67 Common Gulls and just 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted February 21st at 9:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 20th February 2021

south molton community woodlands

Frog spawning continues, at least 3 more frogs showing in pond. Pair of Blackbirds chasing. Three robins displaying to each other and two more in another part of wood.

Posted February 20th at 8:25 pm by art symons in Bird News

Hope's Nose

This afternoon up to 16.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed very well around the site in flight, on the rocks at the point and on the sea. 

1 Red-throated Diver off the point.  27 Great Northern Divers between the Orestone and Hope Cove.  One of the GNDs called in Hope Cove - very evocative!

Also, an adult Mediterranean Gull in near summer plumage, 40 Common Gulls, 3 Great Crested Grebes and a LBBG. 

Two Harbour Porpoises and 3 Grey Seals.

Posted February 20th at 6:37 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Fremington Creek

Took advantage of my jab trip to Westward Ho! (very efficient) to take a short walk down Fremington Pill. At least 2 Greenshank, a very smart Spotted Redshank and then at about 3.20, all four Glossy Ibis flew in from the west, struggling in the gale force winds, and flew towards Bickington.

Posted February 20th at 4:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cockington

The field behind nut bush lane and others nearby are attracting flocks of 50 plus chaffinch and linnet. There were at least two brambling in with the chaffinch. Also 3 buzzard, 2 raven.

Posted February 20th at 4:10 pm by Ian Watson Loyd in Bird News

Penn Beacon Cornwood

1300hrs 200221. Wonderful murmeration of 300+ Golden Plover giving us a display for 20 minutes near the top of Penn Beacon.

Posted February 20th at 3:53 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Mt Batten p.m.

Glaucous gull, prob 2nd winter, offshore, flew towards Jennycliff. Great northern diver offshore and ad Med gull with partial hood.

Posted February 20th at 3:52 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Wet and windy again on a walk around Plymouth Hoe this lunchtime - a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks at Rusty Anchor, 5 Turnstone on the rocks below the Pier One Cafe, the female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater (distant, mobile and spending very little time at the surface as viewed from Duttons Cafe/Fishermans Nose) and 2 Great Northern Divers much closer in off Queen Annes Battery and showing very well.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted February 20th at 3:50 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Not as many birds on Blaxton meadow as yesterday, 408 Dunlin is a good count. Another good count was 62 Siskin near the water works. Also seen were 2 each of GS & G Woodpecker.

Posted February 20th at 10:32 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 19th February 2021

Broadsands

Roost tonight: 54 Great N Divers (max raft size 10 - but I left early), 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 24 Great C Grebes, 68 Common Gulls, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Posted February 19th at 7:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator

Only a howling gale, but (like Art in s Molton), only occasional light rain. Several each of Shoveler, Gadwall and Wigeon on Wrafton Pond again, and more of the latter out on the scrape, with again good numbers of Teal. The Gull flock there was enhanced today: along with several hundred Black-headed Gulls, a few Herring, the LBB Gull again and one or two Common Gulls. All head-on into the wind. 2 Swans, and after some searching, the Redshank. In the reserve, birds hard to come by as usual in a gale. 1 Redwing, 1 GSW and a 20+ flock of Goldfinch. Yesterday a Kestrel flew in as I was leaving landing on the wall by the pumping station. It had some lunch which could have been a small mammal.

Posted February 19th at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Well over 1,000 birds on Blaxton Meadow during this morning's high tide including: a winter peak of 380+ Dunlins, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, 6 Greenshanks, 12 Wigeon, female Goosander (3 others including 2 drakes, on the estuary), 58 Shelducks, 31 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 2 unringed adult Mediterranean Gulls (Polish-ringed PHAU also on the estuary), Several Dunlins had a close encounter with a hunting adult male Peregrine.

Also, around the site, 3 Little Grebes, Siskin & adult Shag.

Posted February 19th at 1:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

S Molton community woodland

Surprisingly dry. 2 Bullfinches, 2 marsh tits, 20+Redwing, 30+ chaffinch,  nuthatch. Frenzy of frog activity yesterday and Tuesday (at least 10 pairs) subsided.

Posted February 19th at 10:28 am by art symons in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter Long-tailed Duck

Female winter Long-tailed Duck showing again this morning on city side of weir. 

Posted February 19th at 9:45 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Ideford Common

Yesterday pm saw approx 20 Crossbill just above car park, plus a Dartford Warbler on the common.

Posted February 19th at 8:40 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

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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