Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st 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.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         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 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         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

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 19th July 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

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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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Sunday 21st March 2021

Anchor Wood to Yelland

Decided today to walk from Roundswell to Yelland via Anchor Wood to access the Tarka trail. On the river bank just off Anchor Wood were; a single Grey plover and three Redshank. At Penhill were two Wrens presumed to a pair and a couple of Goldfinches again presumed to be a pair. Cetti's warble singing  between the two points. At Fremington just beyond the iron bridge were two Song Thrushes also presumed pair, a pair of Dunnocks. At Yelland and still on the Tarka path close to the Public footpath to the hides were a pair of Chiffchaffs and a couple of Linnets.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Redshank
Redshank

Posted March 21st at 11:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Male Garganey tucked in reeds this morning. 

Posted March 21st at 8:27 pm by Andrew Thorpe in Bird News

Warberries /Torquay

Tawney Owl heard calling around 7pm today 

Posted March 21st at 7:56 pm by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Whooper Swan still present with the Mute Swans beyond the round linhay this evening.

Posted March 21st at 7:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury

West Wembury 

Willow warbler heard calling at the top of church wood valley.

Wembury Point 

At least 6 male Cirl Buntings calling this evening. Many stonechats and a couple of linnets also.

Posted March 21st at 7:09 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

A female Black Redstart showed very well around the quarry.  Male Wheatear on the cliffs opposite the Lead Stone.

1 Great Northern Diver off Sandy Point and another off the point.  2 Purple Sandpipers close to the point.  A Firecrest in the dell, 100m or so below the entrance gate.  A Chiffchaff in full song in the scrub on the lower slope.  3 species of raptor.  2 Mallards on the sea on the south side was more unusual.  

2 Grey Seals - one consuming a large fish in close, opposite the Lead Stone.  

Posted March 21st at 5:09 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Colebrook, Black Redstart

Surprised to find this female/imm Black Redstart is still here. It's the first time we've seen it in the neighbourhood since 30th January, and previously the 16th (assuming it is the same one of course).

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 21st at 4:35 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Scoters

Raft of approx 40 Scoters off Berry Head currently

Posted March 21st at 3:48 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

White tailed eagle

Seen at passage house this morning. Flew off towards torquay. 

Posted March 21st at 2:23 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Disturbance from dogs today, accounted for another poor count on Blaxton Meadow but a Bar-tailed Godwit had arrived with the Curlews. Otherwise: 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins, Peregrine, 2 Stonechats & 6 Roe Deer.  

Posted March 21st at 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck

This submission is rather late, sighting was 16th March.

However the bird is still in the Cattewater.

I was encouraged to visit the area from the Mount Batten side and snatched a single photo of the bird from considerable distance as it flew upstream.

Long-tailed Duck in the Cattewater, Plymouth
Long-tailed Duck in the Cattewater, Plymouth

Posted March 21st at 2:10 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Fremington Pill

9am four Glossy Ibis flying from the Pill across the fields towards Home Farm Marsh.  

Posted March 21st at 11:44 am by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Not much about, the highlights being the Water Rail, Bar-t Godwit & 5 GSW. On the down side, a Springer Spaniel decided to have a play on the meadow while it’s owner watched from the hide!

Posted March 21st at 10:52 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday 20th.

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Green Sandpiper on the weir, 5 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coot.

Posted March 21st at 8:24 am by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 20th March 2021

Tothill Football Fields

A Chiff-Chaff this morning. Looked very tired.

Posted March 20th at 11:16 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

A Sandwich Tern.  > S.  this morning

Posted March 20th at 8:24 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Exmouth,

High Land of Orcombe - Wheatear on the usual dung heap at top of Gore Lane

Posted March 20th at 6:48 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Rather quiet today but I managed Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 28 Turnstones, a solitary Dunlin, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, 26 Common Gulls (including a 2nd-w & 2 1st-w), Redwing & 5 Roe Deer.

Very few birds on Blaxton Meadow when I arrived - apparently everything flushed by a couple of runners on the wall (this follows 2 dog walkers in this no entry zone yesterday). On the positive side however, lots of paddle boarders (& canoeists) on estuary & none flushed the birds. Many thanks to Ian Downing for posting something about this on Facebook. It seems to be working!

Posted March 20th at 4:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

White-tailed Eagle

One of the Isle of Wight juvenile White-tailed Eagles flew north over Blackhill Quarry shortly after 2pm this afternoon, heading towards the Exe. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted March 20th at 3:48 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Velator

Not much of note: several Snipe around the scrape, still some Teal, Buzzard carrying nesting material. Stopped near the reserve to talk to Phil and Sue from Ilfracombe who had just seen a drake Garganey at Sherpa. Walked round but didn't see it. 2 Pochard. In the reserve 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests.

Posted March 20th at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

Female Black Redstart and a male Wheatear on the south side.  4 Purple Sandpipers near the point.  2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap singing from dense cover.  4 Meadow Pipits over .  Firecrest reported earlier below the gate.  8 Common Dolphins beyond Long Quarry Point.  

Posted March 20th at 12:49 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

Over Horsey early am 28 Sand Martins &  1 vocal Green Sandpiper.

On Braunton Marshes the first winter Whooper Swan still showing well.

Skylarks up & singing over Braunton Great Field & Marshes.

Posted March 20th at 11:45 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Totnes Cormorant

Going to work I often see a cormorant perched on this branch in the Dart but don't recall seeing one in breeding plumage with such a pure white head. Very eye catching. Shame as I did not have a camera that could zoom in more - will need to try find him again. I wonder if the whiter the  plumage the better chance of securing a mate.

Plumage
Plumage

Posted March 20th at 9:52 am by Dan Kent in Bird News

Ottery Bullfinches

A pair of fabulous looking Bullfinches have been visiting our feeders this week in Ottery St Mary. Beautiful birds.

Posted March 20th at 8:26 am by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Mt Batten

Long-tailed Duck still off Mt Batten this morning.

Posted March 20th at 6:53 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 19th March 2021

Blackawton

At least 8 yellowhammers just north of Blackawton this morning.

Posted March 19th at 11:07 pm by Alun Sherwood in Bird News

Saltram Park

Early evening ride through the park saw the Water Rail in a brief flight. Also well before dark a couple of early flying Common Pipistrelles over the duck pond.

Posted March 19th at 10:07 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mountbatten Pier

Turnstones near Mountbatten Pier. One bird was hopping about on one leg. Sadly the other leg seems to have twine or fishing line around it

Turnstones
Turnstones
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted March 19th at 8:15 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Stover

Nuthatch already with young in one of the boxes at Stover walkway.

Posted March 19th at 4:34 pm by Alan Fielding in Bird News

West Hoe waterfront

The Purple Sandpiper still present this morning on Plymouth hoe waterfront, on the rocks just down from the 'Coffee Shack'.

Posted March 19th at 3:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Godwit new in today (on the wall then relocated to Blaxton Meadow for a short while). Also, 6 Greenshanks, Snipe, c12 Turnstones, 26 Common Gulls, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Stock Doves, 2 Redwings, 15 Roe Deer & "TR6M", the Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (now in summer plumage) still about. 

Posted March 19th at 3:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goodrington

The Iceland Gull that has been appearing at Goodrington (and Paignton Zoo) over the couple of months eventually gave itself up to me! Presumably the Brixham bird just relocated.

    Iceland Gull Goodrington 19 March 2021 ML   Iceland Gull Goodrington 19 March 2021 ML

Posted March 19th at 3:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Red Kite

One o'clock and a Red Kite scouring tree height near Furze  (a hamlet near Chittlehampton)

Posted March 19th at 2:02 pm by stewart thomas beer in Bird News

Velator

Only one Chiffchaff in the reserve, or perhaps 2 - did I actually hear one singing? Very brief if so. One Peacock butterfly. However all the action was outside or over the reserve where there were Sand martins visible pretty much all morning, peaking with a flock down by Sherpa Marsh which conveniently flew towards me - estimate 300.

Posted March 19th at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

North Devon Sand Martins

At least 50 Sand Martins at Saltpill Duck Pond this morning , roosting on the perimeter fences. 

Posted March 19th at 9:52 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Cadover

Single Sand Martin this morning.

Posted March 19th at 8:36 am by Chris E in Bird News

Roborough Down

Yesterday morning over Roborough Down. Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Crows, Jackdaws ,Buzzards, Song Thrush, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, a Bullfinch, Yellowhammers, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. Tits, a solitary  Chiffchaff singing away, Wrens, Dunnocks, Goldcrests and just before we left 3 Snipe.

Greenfinch
Greenfinch
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 19th at 8:20 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 18th March 2021

Wembury Point

Single swallow seen briefly this evening 

Posted March 18th at 8:32 pm by Matt c in Bird News

Torquay Harbour Wednesday 17th March

Six Purple Sandpiper on Haldon Breakwater, Torquay Harbour yesterday with 3 Turnstone.

Posted March 18th at 8:00 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Reed BUNTING, not Warbler

Correction to earlier post; meant to say  Reed BUNTING, not Reed Warbler, sorry, slip of the brain! 

Male Reed Bunting singing at Sherpa Marsh
Male Reed Bunting singing at Sherpa Marsh

Posted March 18th at 6:02 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent ~ Home birding

This morning gave a very vocal Green Woodpecker, and a Chiffchaff singing away, my first here this season, Magpie carrying nesting material.

This afternoon Jay, female Reed Bunting and a Treecreeper.

Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting

Posted March 18th at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Legged Partridge

Just had a Red Legged Partridge in my garden at Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. It stayed for about ten minutes before disappearing, wandering all around the garden, coming right up to the back of the house at one point.

Posted March 18th at 5:42 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh. Sand martins.

Cracking afternoon at Home Farm Marsh this afternoon.

Dozen or more SandMartins were the highlight, but 24 other species in amcouple of hours. Large flock of Goldfinch/linnett with a good number of Skylarks.

Cettis warblers, chiffchaff, Teal, Wigeon to name a few. On the estuary, Grey Plover, Cormorant, Little Egret, Shelduck, curlew amongst others.

Posted March 18th at 5:02 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Berry Head

Lovely male wheatear in the quarry this morning.

Posted March 18th at 2:50 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Sand Martin's Braunton

Circa 60+ Sand Martin's feeding  overhead the Braunton Pill/Caen Stream outfall this morning at about 11:30. One male Reed Warbler singing from a bush top in the reed bed of Sherpa Marsh where there were sporadic appearances of a further 20+ Sand Martin's. 

Posted March 18th at 11:58 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Skern

A Little Ringed Plover on the Skern early this morning. Also one Black tailed Godwit and five Sand Martin.

Posted March 18th at 10:40 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

South Molton

17/03 Blackcap sang twice this morning in garden

Posted March 18th at 7:08 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Slapton Ley

Today I was working in Slapton so took the opportunity to stop off at Slapton Ley. A pair of Great crested grebes courting on the water close to the road, an unknown number of Canada geese in the adjacent fields, a pair of Tufted Duck near the bridge, a Blue tit, Robin and Chiffchaff showing well and finally a couple of Cetti's calling.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Blue tit
Blue tit

Posted March 17th at 9:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

High Bickington

Late post.  Yesterday Tuesday 16 while working near High Bickington I got an opportunity to photograph a Kestrel that flew past me and landed near by. The highlight for me was a group of 10 maybe 12 Yellowhammers that landed close by.  Not seen a Yellowhammer for years and 10 or 12 arrive together.

Kestrel
Kestrel
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 17th at 9:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yellowhammer seen this afternoon on Crownhill Down also a Buzzard mobbed by Crows, several Stonechats and a solitary Snipe.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 17th at 7:36 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Two male and one female Pochard amongst the more common duck. Couldn’t see the male Garganey reported yesterday.

A probable Black Redstart by the path to the viewing platform.

Posted March 17th at 5:10 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Young's Park Ponds, Goodrington, Paignton

I've just received the history for a French colour-ringed, Great Black-backed Gull seen at the ponds on 12/03/21. Green Ring Y90.

The bird was ringed as a chick on the Chausey Islands, off the North French coast on 21/06/20. It was regularly reported in that area up to the end of October 2020, when it moved along the coast to Erquy where it was seen a number of times over the winter. It was last reported there on 16/02/21.


Posted March 17th at 4:29 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Velator area

Ringing this morning for scant rewards: best were 1 male Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, - typical migrant with the 'rhino horn of gummed up feathers over the beak - and 1 Redwing. Retrapped the Green Woodpecker too. As I was leaving at 10 past 1, a large bird over the North side of the reserve caught my eye, bird of prey? Well yes - a RED KITE. first record I have for this site. I also walked down to Sherpa Marsh - numbers of Canada Geese and large Gulls on a new pond dug by the workmen doing embankment repairs a few months back. Also 15 or so Sand Martins, 2 Pied and one White Wagtail.

Posted March 17th at 3:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a sunny walk, early this morning: Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechats, Siskin, 4+ Mandarin Ducks (3+ drakes) & 7 Greenshanks.

Posted March 17th at 11:55 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lipson - Black Redstarts

Male & Female Black Redstarts showing well on the same roof top at Lipson



Posted March 17th at 11:51 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The stormy weather last week that drove seabirds up the Bristol Channel in large numbers as far as Severn Beach brought high patch counts of Gannets (max 168) and Fulmars (108) on 12th & 13th as they flew west back out to sea. Also Kittiwakes and single Common Scoter & Red-throated Diver. Groups of migrating Meadow Pipits continued battling west into the headwinds too, but it was generally an extremely quiet week for migrant passerines. More promising this week, with 214 Meadow Pipits and a male Reed Bunting on Monday (15th) and today, 17th, visible migration 06.30-09.00 brought: 133 Woodpigeon, 20 alba wagtail, 75 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet, 21 Goldfinch & 33 Siskin (by far the highest count of the spring so far). Also 3 Canada Geese low over the waves heading NW towards Gower (!), and 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest & 4 Stonechat in the scrub.

Posted March 17th at 10:49 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Velator etc

One drake Pochard this morning on Wrafton Pond - still there later on with a pair of Shoveler, and 2 Sand Martins over (5.40p.m.) Over on the Marsh the Whooper Swan still and 4 more Sand Martins there.

Posted March 16th at 6:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Molton

Two stonechat at same site as last year. One brief song.

Posted March 16th at 4:46 pm by art symons in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

1 wheatear on sea defence boulders am.

Posted March 16th at 3:48 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

No sign today of the Black Redstart in our garden and Hill Close. Evidently it departed during the night, despite the cloud cover. That's exactly the same night as last year. At least one of the wintering male Blackcaps is still visiting the garden.

Posted March 16th at 2:24 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Slapton area

Walk in very warm sunshine today to the beach and round the Ley. Red breasted merganser and red throated diver out to sea but no sight, or sound, of sandwich terns yet. Cetti's in fine voice. A number of chiff chaffs in 'song' and first pair of blackcaps in the old quarry, the male warming up with a few song fragments. Still a few wigeon on the water and the usual pairs of gadwall.

Unrelated, work trip to Woodbury area last Friday, noted a red kite over the pebble beds.

Posted March 16th at 2:05 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Seabirds Webinar South West Marine Ecosystems

As the annual South West Marine Ecosystems meeting cannot take place this year, it is being replaced by a series of 'webinars'. The latest in the series on Friday 19th March is on Seabird.

Details and to take part/watch sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TFFalDh8QaynAGtdFor32g 

Posted March 16th at 1:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes nose

Wheatear on the cliff face near the point at 10am 

Posted March 16th at 12:16 pm by mike pound in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A modest count of 48 species seen this morning with the highlight being 6 Cattle Egrets on Blaxton meadow. They only stayed for c20 minutes before flying off down the estuary towards Laira bridge.

Also of note 5 GSW were seen & 7 Greenshank.

Posted March 16th at 11:10 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bar-Headed Goose

Bar-Headed Goose and ?hybrid whitefront on flooded fields next to the River Exe at Pynes near Cowley Bridge on Sat 13th March. Also c. 200 herring gull, 50 lesser black backs, 20 little egret and 20 pied wags.


Posted March 16th at 9:34 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Ivybridge Community Birding project

A new birding project got off of the ground in Ivybridge yesterday with the placing of 19 nest boxes in the towns Long Timber Wood. The project is a joint initiative by Ivybridge Town Council, Devon Birds, BBC Radio Devon and other interested parties and volunteers.

The initial project was to evaluate the Pied Flycatcher as as species and the nest boxes were placed with the intention of encouraging that particular species.

A small socially distanced work party of five placed the nest boxes which will be monitored over the coming months, lots of Great Tit activity noted, a fly over Raven, highlights being a singing Treecreeper that showed well and a Marsh Tit. A Sparrowhawk being seen over the town.


Mike Daniels DB's and Park Ranger Andrew Price
Mike Daniels DB's and Park Ranger Andrew Price

Posted March 16th at 9:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Buckfast

1 Green Sandpiper by a small pond in a sheep pasture between Buckfast and Buckfastleigh, late afternoon. The first I've seen locally.

Posted March 16th at 7:59 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Monday 15th March 2021

Braunton Burrows

Late afternoon at Wrafton pond saw three male Pochard, one male Shoveler, two Little Grebes and the usual Mallard, Coots, Moorhen and gulls. Moved on the Braunton Burrows were the Barn Owl was showing well and where I also saw five Canade geese and a number of Swans.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted March 15th at 9:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exeter - Starcross

Another "ordinary" day produced c70 species, including:

- a pair of Stock Doves in Belle Isle park, the first that I have seen there in my 30 years of residence nearby, plus the usual 20+ in Powderham Park;

- a Dipper and 20/30 Redwings in and over Northbrook Park, the latter, I think, having spent the Winter feeding primarily on the University playing fields;

- 7 LBB Gulls on Matford pond, newly arrived;

- 25 Little Egrets along Lime Kiln Lane, nearly all now sporting head-plumes;

- 6-8 each of Cetti's, Chiff-chaffs, and Reed Buntings singing along the canal bank;

- 2 Pochards on the storage lagoon at Exminster;

- c90 Shelducks on Exminster, with another c40 in Powderham Park;

- a 600+ "Dunlin" flock partially visible from Turf Lock, which, on closer examination, proved to contain 40+ each of Knot and Grey Plover;

-  the usual Stonechat pair in Powderham Park, getting intimate;

- a Mediterranean Gull, 10+ Greenshanks and 30+ Turnstones off the Kenn outfall as soon as the tide fell.

"Missing" today were G-c Grebe, Water Rail, Common Gull, Pintail and the Egyptian Geese.

Posted March 15th at 9:17 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The long staying Cattle Egret has now been joined by a second bird with a slightly brighter bill colour. The birds are feeding with 11 Little Egrets in fields N of White Bridge. Also a couple of White Wagtails in with 40+ Pied Wagtails and a beautiful near full breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on the nearby estuary.

Black-tailed Godwit, Otter Esturay by Chris Townend Two Cattle Egrets with Little Egrets by Chris Townend

Posted March 15th at 8:52 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A  brief walk along the Hoe seafront this morning at low tide hoping to see a Purple Sandpiper but no luck .Only birds seen were a G.B.B. Gull and 2 Shags also 2 Oyster Catchers at West Hoe. Always good to get a closer view of these common but attractive birds.

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Posted March 15th at 8:17 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Quiet afternoon on Wrafton Pond this afternoon.

3 Drake Pochards, several Snipe, 1 lesser Black Back Gull, numerous Black head gulls and Herring gulls. Kingfisher, Cettis warbler(heard), Little Grebe, Moorhen and Coot. 7 rats. Mallard and Mute Swan. 1 drake Shoveler.

Even a quiet day on the pond is a good day. 

Posted March 15th at 6:06 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Male Blackcap in song, mostly sub-song, in garden. No wintering birds here so proper migrant!!

Posted March 15th at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

All the Ducks seem to have deserted Wrafton Pond now. Little Egret and several Teal on the scrape. In the reserve 6 Gadwall flew out as I arrived, 3 later returned and almost immediately started feeding on the Duckweed, unlike the Mallards which seemed to have other things on their minds.... Brief fly through of a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail landed on the roof of the pumping station building. Heard 3 Water Rails, plus the Little Grebe, but no Woodpeckers today.

Posted March 15th at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hardwick woods- Plympton

Morning walk at the woods behind my house, lots of typical woodland activity. List of birds include
song thrush, blackbird, robin, greenfinch, nuthatch, woodpigeon, great/blue/coal tit, goldcrest, raven, crow, jackdaw, buzzard, stock dove, great and green woodpeckers, magpie, dunnocks, wren, male pheasant, jay and at one point the sky erupted and the canopy was filled with redwings, a big group of them passing through. 

Posted March 15th at 1:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Community woodlands and near South Molton

6 Redwing. Bullfinch feeding on hawthorn buds this morning. Also chiffchaff first heard singing on Friday, 12th and again today. 14/3, dipper with nest material on R Mole and two skylark singing at Burrington

Posted March 15th at 11:42 am by art symons in Bird News

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