Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th March 2021

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder Recorder@DevonBirds.org to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

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·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford

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·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

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Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS - UPDATE

At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

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

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Sunday 7th March 2021

Glossy ibis

Saw a group of 3 Glossy Ibis at Fremington Quay on Friday 5 March. Along with egrets, teal and a curlew! 

Posted March 7th at 11:24 pm by Rosalind in Bird News

Hemsworthy

Twelve golden plover and a stonechat close to the road 

Posted March 7th at 11:06 pm by Chris Watson in Bird News

Grey Wagtail

a pair of Grey Wagtail on our walk in Plymouth today - 

What is this? (Yellow Wagtail)
Grey Wagtail

Posted March 7th at 9:14 pm by Paul Aldersley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

This morning 06.45 to 08.30: highlights were a Red Kite, 5 Crossbills flying WSW and 2 Collared Doves, which I only see as passage migrants. Bitterly cold first thing (-3.5C in Berrynarbor and still not much above freezing  at 09.00), so maybe not surprising that it was otherwise quiet for visible migration, with just 4 alba wagtails, 27 Meadow Pipits, and a few each of Chaffinch, Linnet & Siskin.

In addition, over Berrynarbor early this afternoon, a loose flock of c.150 Golden Plover flying E.

Posted March 7th at 8:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram.

On a cold and frosty morning:  128 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 57 Dunlin, 30 Shelduck, 28 Curlew, 28 Turnstone, 15 Common gull, 5 Mandarin, the female Red Crested Pochard still on the duck pond. Also, 2 Stonechat (m,f) 3 Skylark, 4 Ring necked Parakeet, 1 Redwing, 1 Green Woodpecker (f), and several Nuthatch on the feeders.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted March 7th at 3:44 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Dartford Warbler on the opposite side of the road to the reserve. Also a pair of Siskins, Raven overhead and 3 Stonechats, 2 m, 1 f showed well.

Posted March 7th at 2:22 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 7 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver.

1 ad moulting Mediterranean Gull on headland grass (a fw was present a few days ago)

11 Cirl Buntings and 1 female Yellowhammer on seed in 2nd car park.

    Med Gull ad Broadsands 030321ML   Med Gull fw Broadsands 030321ML

         ad moulting Mediterranean Gull 7th March                   fw Mediterranean Gull 3rd March

Posted March 7th at 1:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Totnes Jack

Jack Snipe on Southern shore of Snipe Island 18:20 Saturday.

Posted March 7th at 10:34 am by Denis Doy in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram 6th March

Best sighting was 2 Treecreepers showing well together; also, 6 Greenshanks, 29 Turnstones, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Stock Doves & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted March 7th at 9:29 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bickington road

Got these images of a Chaffinch and one of two Cattle Egrets near the main road between Fremington and Bickington.

Chaffinch
Chaffinch
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted March 7th at 12:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

More from my walk.

Curlew
Curlew
Redwing
Redwing

Posted March 7th at 12:15 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tarka trail

Today's walk along the Tarka Trail from Barnstaple to Fremington, along Fremington Pill and home along the main road to Roundswell was time well spent. Two female and one male Goosander in the river just off Anchor Wood, a few Curlew and Redshank on the sand banks.  At Fremington Pill were a couple of Curlew, a few Redshank, one Spotted Redshank a number of Teal (12 or so) some House Sparrows, a pair of Greenfinches and Chaffinches, three Redwings, two Wrens and a single Sparrow Hawk.

Goosander (fm)
Goosander (fm)
Goosanders
Goosanders

Posted March 7th at 12:12 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 6th March 2021

Aylesbeare Common

Party of 8 crossbills near Joney's Cross this afternoon

Crossbill at Aylesbeare Common
Crossbill at Aylesbeare Common

Posted March 6th at 8:58 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Woodbury Common

At least 2 pairs of Common Crossbills, a Siskin, and a Lesser Redpoll in amongst some Chaffinches seen eating pine cones above our heads this afternoon, followed by spotting a pair of Dartford Warblers on our return walk.

Female Common Crossbill
Female Common Crossbill
Male Common Crossbill
Male Common Crossbill

Posted March 6th at 6:53 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Whooper Swan

The juvenile Whooper Swan still showing very well this evening out along the marsh road in the field with at least 18 Mute Swans (including mating pair). No sign of Barn Owl.

Posted March 6th at 6:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

3 whooper swans flew SE over the house (Exminster village) at 9.50 this morning, low and looking like intending to land on the marshes. A new bird from the garden. Later single red kite over marshes flying towards Topsham at about 2.30pm.

Posted March 6th at 4:10 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh, Velator warblers...

A morning walk around Sherpa Marsh, avoiding the closed footpath. 18 Canada Geese, numerous MallardTeal, at least one Reed Bunting, heard at least 4 Cettis calling and saw 6 silent Chiffchaff. Unfortunately disturbed at various points 9 Snipe which merely settled further along the Marsh, thankfully.  Sadly the plentiful plastic shotgun cartridge waddings are testament to the wildfowlers who take their pleasure but can't pick up after themselves :( No sign of any further Sand Martins.....yet.  

Chiffchaff in the reeds Sherpa Marsh
Chiffchaff in the reeds Sherpa Marsh

Posted March 6th at 4:08 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Red Kite

A Lovely Red Kite10 AM on the old A361 between Swimbridge and Landkey flying North East.

Posted March 6th at 3:25 pm by Phil Tonkins in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

Red-throated Diver east of the point.  Also a Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill and Great Crested Grebe nearby.  3 species of raptor.  

2 Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal.  

Posted March 6th at 2:31 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wrafton

Hooray SAND MARTIN over the scrape early this morning. Could be the same one that Phil and Sue saw yesterday. 2 Chiffchaffs in the reserve, along with the now regular and very vocal Green Woodpecker and a drumming GS Woodpecker too. 2 Gadwall on the reserve pond, with calling Little Grebe.

Posted March 6th at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This morning- 5 White-fronted Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Sand Martins and the Marsh Harrier.

Posted March 6th at 11:53 am by David Cope in Bird News

HMS Cambridge early a.m.

Male cirl bunting singing. Bar-tailed godwit, 1. High tide and several dog walkers. 

Posted March 6th at 10:41 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Friday 5th March 2021

Cattewater, Plymouth

The female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater this morning, viewed from Mountbatten Sports Centre, more under than above the water as expected. Didn't spot any GND's though.


Posted March 5th at 10:16 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Braunton Marshes & Braunton Great Field

The Whooper Swan showing very well on Braunton Marshes.

In the Willows on Braunton Great Field 2 vocal Chiffchaff which I think are behaving like new arrivals.



Posted March 5th at 7:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Passage house, newton abbot

Song thrush

Posted March 5th at 5:52 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Little Ringed Plover, Peregrine, many Chiffchaff (inc 1 Tristis) were the highlights.

Posted March 5th at 5:12 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wheatear & Blk Redstarts Hopes Nose Torbay

One female Wheatear and two female Black Redstarts on the west facing cliff face ( above the cove ) at Hopes Nose, Torbay - 1530 this afternoon.

Posted March 5th at 4:51 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 134 Redshanks around but Dunlin down to 60. Also, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, Turnstone, 2+ Snipe, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 15+ Mandarin Ducks (9 drakes), Shag, Little Grebe, Fieldfare, c20 Redwings, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Siskin, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Stock Doves & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted March 5th at 4:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Here we go again:  1200 to 1330 hrs - 37 Common Buzzards moving NE into a NE wind force 4. Resident pair on constant patrol but almost all migrants much higher up. Birds only seem to move in a north-easterly. Also Sparrowhawk & 3 Raven.

Posted March 5th at 4:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Greater Spotted Woodpeckers

Three GSW in the same area of Longtimber Woods, low down by the Drs surgery.

Posted March 5th at 2:59 pm by Alan Fielding in Bird News

Wembury

Glaucous Gull still at Wembury this morning, resting on The Mewstone and scavenging behind passing fishing boats - same bird as 23/2/21 and 27/2/21 with primary feathers missing from both wing tips.

An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and just a single Black-headed Gull amongst the Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls also present.

Black Redstart feeding on the seaweed along the beach with a Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

A Bar-tailed Godwit roosting at The Point with 4 Curlew and 25+Oystercatchers.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 5th at 2:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Avon Dam

Snipe drumming at regular site below Avon Dam at 0600 this morning was the first I've heard this year. Of the eight roosting Goosanders on the reservoir, a pair flew out at 0625, the rest at 0650..

Posted March 5th at 1:53 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

south molton community woodlands

6+ smart redwings,  noisy flock of Siskins in treetops, at least 4 pairs chasing, could be a lot more.

Posted March 5th at 12:51 pm by art symons in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A strange start to spring passage. The strong southerlies in the last week of Feb brought an unusually early movement of 275 Meadow Pipits WNW on 25th, but since then numbers have been lower than normal during a series of very chilly mornings, though building up again to 41 today. Similarly a Chiffchaff back on territory on 28 Feb, but no new arrivals since. Otherwise there have been flurries of Stonechats, a trickle of Linnets, Siskins, both Grey & alba wagtails, and yesterday (4th) the season's first significant E-bound movement of 80 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls – always a feature of March here – with another 25 today. Two Greylag Geese also heading E this morning were only my third-ever patch record!

Posted March 5th at 12:03 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

First Sand Martin of the year Saunton

Local walk from Saunton Golf course end on the South west coast path this morning at 11:00 produced a very unexpected but welcome sighting of a Sand Martin. It flew above us twice, swooped and either took an insect, or water, from the butyl lined reservoir at the Club before flying generally east towards the Great Field. Our earliest sighting yet! Image is very distant cropped and silhouette but a record nonetheless. 

Sand Martin over Saunton Saunton Golf club
Sand Martin over Saunton Saunton Golf club

Posted March 5th at 11:20 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Wembury Point Friday March 5 09:30

The Glaucous Gull still at Wembury Point. Seen distantly on the Mewstone, along with several Greater Black-backed Gulls, which proved useful for size comparison.

Posted March 5th at 11:19 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Wembury

Yesterday at Wembury :Skylarks 12, Dunnocks 12, Goldfinches 5, Blue tits 3, Stonechats 10, Crows 30+, Buzzard i, Kestrel 1, Meadow Pipits 8, Rock Pipits 11,Pied Wagtails 7, Mallards 5, White Wagtail 1, Wrens 2, Shags 5 Cormorants 2, Curlew 1, Pheasants 6, Cirl Buntings 2, G.B.B. Gulls 2, Linnets 6, Greenfinches 2, Magpies 5, Chaffinches 2, Rooks 8, Bar tailed Godwit, Little Egrets 8, Oystercatchers 9, Canada Geese 2.

Dunnock
Dunnock
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted March 5th at 9:53 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Spotted from my kitchen window in Heavitree this morning. I had wondered where our regular gang of sparrows had disappeared to! 

Posted March 5th at 8:20 am by Steve Manning in Bird News

Plympton

19 Siskin in the garden this morning. Chiffchaff singing from Newnham Meadows Nature Reserve. 

Posted March 5th at 7:38 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 4th March 2021

Chiffchaff

Heard my first Chiffchaff of Spring on Diddywell Road in Northam this afternoon, whilst on Exercise walk from home. Only 3 small snatches of song but unmistakeable and only glimpsed the bird in the treetops. Not very good weather for migrating.

Posted March 4th at 9:33 pm by John (Stan) Coats in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today between jobs I popped in to Wrafton pond, although it was a waste of my time. Just one: Pochard (m); Little Grebe, Gadwall (m) a small number of the usual.  Mange to spot a pair of Dippers in the stream that passes under the main Tarka path.

Dipper
Dipper

Posted March 4th at 8:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Three Beaches Head, Torbay

In the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 13 Common Scoter, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver. 2 Great Northern Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 ad s Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted March 4th at 5:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

Female Marsh Harrier

Posted March 4th at 12:56 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Lost camera bag Saltram

A camera bag was left in the bird hide at Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, this morning. If it's yours contact me through devonbirds and I will arrange to return it to you

Posted March 4th at 12:28 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton area

Took a walk around Sherpa Marsh this morning. Pleased to find a Common Sandpiper on the grass by the Pill on a high tide. Finally also found a Reed Bunting! I also think I had a nano-second glimpse of a Cetti's Warbler in thick reed cover after it called.... So went up to the reserve, only to find, for the first time in many years that someone had locked the gate excluding my lock, so unable to get in! SWW not responding to telephone calls yet so still waiting...

Posted March 4th at 11:32 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Portworthy Dams, Lee Moor

On main mica dam large group of Mallards and Teal held a male Shoveler (scarce visitor here, my first, thanks to Chris E for the tip). Very distant shot, just to prove it was there.  On Phase 3 dam, three Tufted Duck still (also scarce here), from recent seven, plus a pair of Swans, a single Canada, 3 Mallards, 4 Coots and a Moorhen.

Shoveler record shot
Shoveler record shot
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck

Posted March 3rd at 11:48 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Countesswear - Starcross

Some miscellaneous observations from an ordinary day:

- on Matford Pond, 9 Tufted, I think the most I've seen here, and 20 Shoveler, but no Teal or Wigeon, a very abrupt departure;

- on Dawlish Road, c20 Rook nests, down from c75 last year. Perhaps the start of housebuilding around the hill behind is having an effect;

- in Lime Kiln Lane, c30 Redwings chattering, or chatting "Is it time to go?". As an aside one was singing near the crematorium on Sunday, only the second time I've heard this. Haven't seen a Fieldfare for 3/4 weeks;

- along the towpath, song from 4/5 Chiff-Chaffs and 8/10 Cetti's, but only one squeal from a Rail;

- on Exminster Marsh, a few Pintail, missing last week, plus 120+ each of Curlew, Godwit (c99:1 Black:Barred) and Shelduck, and 800+ Brents. Missed the White-fronts, and Barnacles if they are still there;

- in Powderham Park, the usual Stock Doves and Egyptian Geese, and 30 more Shelduck, but no Greenshank;

- in the estuary, 4 each of G-c Grebe and Merganser. Ratio would have been 0:30-40, 30-40 years ago.

Posted March 3rd at 9:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Supplementary feeding continues but still plenty of seed available on the fodder radish.Todays sightings included 250 Linnet,300 Chaffinch.....2 of which showing severe scaly leg.....155 Stock Dove and on the river a pair of Goosander a Cormorant and several Mallard.2 sparring GSWs Treecreeper and Marsh Tit in the orchard.Meadow pipits and Starling in the kale field.Non avian included 4 Roe Deer and a Red Deer hind .

Posted March 3rd at 7:16 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Wrafton

Took a walk to Wrafton Pond this evening and my attention was drawn to a distant grey Goose with Swans way out in the field to the south. Had to walk over to the reserve to get even this poor picture - sorry! It's a Grey-lag and not a repeat of the White-front seen a while ago. No Sand Martin either. 2 Chiffs in the reserve earlier on today.

Grey-lag Goose
Grey-lag Goose

Posted March 3rd at 6:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 sand martin over lagoon at 5.20pm. Also 4 white-fronted geese still.

Posted March 3rd at 6:19 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe and Sutton Harbour

The female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater this afternoon with 2 Great Northern Divers as viewed from Duttons Cafe. 3 Red-breasted Merganser(1 male) flew down The Cattewater and out into The Sound. A Chiffchaff was quietly singing away as it chased insects in the trees by the National Marine Aquarium. A summer plumaged Little Grebe was on Sutton Harbour with 3 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swans and 2 male Mallards,

Posted March 3rd at 5:36 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Reed Bunting was the most unusual sighting today; also, 15+ Stock Doves, c60 Redwings, Green & (2) Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 23 Mandarin Ducks (13 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 7 Greenshanks, 20+ Turnstones, a summer-plumaged Shag, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1 in virtually full summer-plumage) & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted March 3rd at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Central Exeter

5+ Sand Martin this morning over bottom of relief channel below Trews Weir and then just to north of the Incinerator. 12 Teal in relief channel. No sign of LT Duck. 

Posted March 3rd at 3:23 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Torbay

Checking the beaches in the southern corner of Torbay produced:

Broadsands/Goodrington: 1 long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 16 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes plus 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad w moulting & fw).

Paignton/Preston: 1 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s)

Posted March 3rd at 2:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

4 drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond with only 2 Gadwall and 3 Wigeon - numbers dwindling as Spring progresses. Out on the scrape 3 Snipe and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. In the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs, feeding well, as if they are new in.... 3 Canada Geese 2 Gadwall and about 7 Mallard on the pond with the Little Grebe and Moorhens.

Posted March 3rd at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Chiffchaffs

5 singing individuals in almost as many days - one at Aylesbeare Common on 25th Feb, one at the River Otter at Ottery on 26th, one at Sowton village on 28th, one again at Ottery on 2nd March and another the same day at Rockbeare.

Posted March 3rd at 10:16 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Penhill Marsh

On the Barnstaple end of Penhill Marsh just off Anchor Wood were a good number of Brent geese 50+ I believe. Just beyond those was a single Redshank, about 10 Curlew and Cormorant fishi

Brent Geese
Brent Geese
Redshank
Redshank

Posted March 2nd at 11:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bickington

In the field adjacent to the lane to Penhill were seven Cattle Egrets. My photo shows just two of them.


Posted March 2nd at 11:10 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Madarins on the River Ply

Mandarins - 3 males and 2 females on River Ply at SX 517 577 and further up the river at SX 520 604 - 9 males & 3 females afternoon 2 March.  

Posted March 2nd at 10:42 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Blackawton 2/3/21

Single curlew high over, east towards the Dart at about 1700, calling frequently. (First in 11 yrs!)

Posted March 2nd at 10:00 pm by Geoffrey Osborn in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Black Redstart still present. Also Blackcap singing.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 2nd at 6:51 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Highlights:

4 x White-fronted Goose (2 fields down from RSPB car park (from Station Lane)); Ruff on lagoon; many Chiffchaff, 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff; Peregrine; 1 female Kingfisher (Turf Hotel).

Posted March 2nd at 4:38 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton etc

2 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape and one Spoonbill, which was showing off it's very smart headgear! 2 Gadwall on the reserve pond, plus both Little Grebes. One Chiffchaff - migrant or over winterer? Looked very fresh.

Posted March 2nd at 4:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights during a walk this morning were: 2 Treecreepers, 6 Stock Doves, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 2 Goosanders (1 drake) & a Common Sandpiper.

Posted March 2nd at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bideford , East the Water.

Greylag goose in the Southcott valley close to the flooded area holding various gull species including 3 Lesser Black backs.

Black Redstart , female  taking insects from below the weather vane on the Royal hotel , viewed from the old station platform.

Posted March 2nd at 12:10 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Monday 1st March 2021

Tamerton Foliot & Lopwell

Thirteen Cattle Egrets with cows in Warleigh Estate, west of section of very muddy footpath in Horsham Lane. Yesterday during WeBS count at Lopwell Dam a Comma butterfly.

Posted March 1st at 9:06 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Snipe-Bideford- 1145--01/03/21

While biking on Silford Rd. I flushed a Snipe out of the muddy road side.

Hard to tell who was most startled - bird or I ! 

2 days ago another Snipe at the edge of the the industrial complex at Daddon Prk/ building site behind Premiere Inn. 

Posted March 1st at 7:51 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Woodbury Common

Cold wind this afternoon with little showing .Few stonechat pairing up ,crossbills in pines up hill from 4 pines car park. 

Posted March 1st at 7:10 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Dart Totnes

Great Crested Grebe sewage works 16:30

Posted March 1st at 6:24 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Queens Marsh Dartington

Pair of Little Grebe fishing happily, Egret and Heron

Posted March 1st at 3:10 pm by Chris Watson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Bar-tailed Godwit on Blaxton Meadow on this morning's high tide, together with 130 Redshanks, 80 Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, an adult-summer Mediterranean Gull & a Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (awaiting details). Also around the site, 15 Mandarin Ducks (8 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (female), 3+ Goosanders (1 drake), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), Shag, Peregrine, 4+ Stock Doves, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtails & 10 Roe deer.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted March 1st at 2:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Molton

garden tick: Yellowhammer. They seem very scarce here.

Posted March 1st at 10:56 am by art symons in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Bullfinch singing; Redwing attempting song

Posted March 1st at 10:51 am by art symons in Bird News

Dartmoor - and beyond

A synchronised roost count at dawn on 27 February resulted in a count of 55 Goosanders (including 18 ad males) on Dartmoor sites, slightly down on the 72 counted in December and well down on the 100 or so of a decade ago. The total comprised 29 at Venford, 8 at both Avon Dam and Upper Shaugh Lake, 7 at Fernworthy, 2 at Burrator, 1 at Meldon and none at Hennock. Elsewhere in Devon, there was incomplete coverage, with a max of 11 at Tamar Lakes and single figure counts from the Plym Est, Queens Marsh (Dartington), Shobrooke and Stover, and none at Blue Waters or on the Taw Est. Thanks to all who made the early start - a beautiful morning with or without Goosanders..

Posted March 1st at 9:02 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Exeter Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Female LTD present most days last week, and here again this morning. Diving to feed, and occasionally preening, in the area between the weir and the Port Royal Pub. 

Posted March 1st at 8:18 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

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