Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th April 2021

LOWER OTTER RESTORATION PROJECT

Devon Birds supported the intended outcomes of this project but are very concerned about the current approach with extensive removal of scrub during the breeding season. We do not support the current proposals and have raised our concerns with the landowner Clinton Devon Estates and received a response which causes us great concern. 

We encourage members to raise their concerns with the Environment Agency as recommended in the response from Clinton Devon Estates.

Posted yesterday at 10:55 am by Mike Daniels 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 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

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

Lockdown relaxations

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

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

Think before you post...!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Friday 9th April 2021

Powderham Marsh

Scanned from the platform for ninety minutes this morning. The highlight was a ten-minute distant view of an Osprey working its way up the estuary and managing a few abortive dives despite the attention of the gulls, before turning downstream and, eventually, splashing into the water just S of Turf, only to re-surface empty-taloned. Lost sight of it as it headed downstream.

Waders on the Marsh consisted of  one each of Ruff, Common and Green Sandpipers, plus Oystercatchers and Black-tailed Godwits. Among the Anseriformes were the sole remaining GWF Goose, the Snow Goose and a Tufted Duck. Overhead were several hundred hirundines, split 99:1, Sand Martin:Swallow, and the usual Kestrel on a pylon.

On the way out and back were two Cattle Egrets in the field next to Matford roundabout, two singing Sedge Warblers and another Green Sandpiper at Countesswear, and three more Common Sandpipers on St James' Weir.

Posted April 9th at 10:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hennock Reservoirs - 9 April

Good numbers of Willow Warblers singing in recently planted areas around reservoirs, also Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Just 3 Swallows noted passing through. Reservoirs quiet, 7 Tufted Duck, including 2 obvious pairs, and scattered Mallard. 

Posted April 9th at 10:14 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Pink-footed Goose

Tavy Estuary, a Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese off Blaxton Creek this morning.

Posted April 9th at 9:47 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

red kite

Red Kite sighted today 9th April over High Bickington and Atherington at 6.02pm circling above a animal killed on the road below. Watched for approx 20 mins to see if it was going to land on the road but it decided to move away. This Red Kite was not a full adult possible a year old. I have seen a full grown kite in the same area at the same time of the year April last year. They are so beautiful.

Posted April 9th at 9:35 pm by Liz Longhurst in Bird News

Plympton

Walk around local area - 3 House Martin and 1 Swallow over, 5 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff singing. This morning while sat in the garden, one Willow Warbler heard singing.

Posted April 9th at 7:50 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

3 Greylag Geese on the Marshes late aft.


Posted April 9th at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

After a series of really quite wintery mornings on the exposed north coast, a distinct upturn in visible & audible migration this morning (c.06.30 to 09.00). Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. A smattering of other grounded warblers included 3 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs and 7 Blackcaps. Fair numbers of hirundines and finches heading west: 60 Swallows, 40 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 90 Linnets, 67 Goldfinches. Extremely quiet offshore, with just a trickle of Kittiwakes and auks, probably commuting between feeding grounds and breeding colonies along Exmoor coast.

Posted April 9th at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Slim pickings in return for a good wander round but recorded: Willow Warbler, pair of Stonechats, 7+ Swallows, Sparrowhawk, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tips & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted April 9th at 5:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead

Single Sandwich Tern flying up the Teign Estuary, just after the tide had turned.

Posted April 9th at 5:20 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Swallows arriving in droves from east to west; Cormorant in courtship colours; pair of kestrels involved in courtship on cliffs towards Tunnel Beaches; pair of Fulmar; 2 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone.

Posted April 9th at 5:09 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

This afternoon’s highlights on a circular walk around Home Farm Marsh were seven buzzards soaring together, a flock of 60+ linnets, 1 male wheatear, a female kestrel on her ‘house’, a pair of pintail, a pair of shoveler, 3 wigeon (1m, 2f), 2 Canada geese, stonechat, and plenty of chiffchaffs.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted April 9th at 4:44 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Pied Fly

Pied flycatcher, Newton Tracey. Dull male. First record for me in 10 years at home in North Devon - made my day. It fed for a while.


Posted April 9th at 3:42 pm by Tim Williams in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve this morning caught a good number of migrants: 4 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warblers, 9 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler. Also ringed 3 Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, and a cracking male Stonechat. Nearby on the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, a few Teal (nearly all gone now) and the Green Sandpiper.

Male Stonechat
Male Stonechat

Posted April 9th at 3:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Baggy Point

c150 Hirundines flying past Baggy Point towards Lundy this morning.

Counted 133 Swallows & 10 House Martins over a period of one hour.

As usual the Jackdaws performed some entertaining aerial displays.

1 Wheatear & plenty of bird activity. Danish Scurvy Grass & Sea Campion in flower.



Posted April 9th at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Pied wagtail roost? Barnstaple

Last night, as dusk fell, I became aware of about 40 Pied Wagtail lining up, equally spaced, along the roof edge of the North Devon District Hospital main building. In ones and twos they all dropped down to an area I couldn't clearly see because of the failing light, but eventually they'd all gone, presumably to roost for the night. Sweet! 

Posted April 9th at 9:55 am by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 8th April 2021

Wembury

Plenty of willow warblers in churchwood valley along with the guaranteed song thrushes. In the field beside our house, a green woodpecker, willow warbler and the first sighting this year of the neighbour’s pair of swallows. 

Posted April 8th at 11:06 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Blackawton

Shelduck, low overhead at 17.30, heading south; unusual as we are halfway, 8km, from both the Dart and the Kingsbridge Estuary

Posted April 8th at 10:13 pm by Geoffrey Osborn in Bird News

Slapton Ley

The Red-necked Grebe showed well to the south of the entrance to Ireland Bay this morning.  A Brent Goose was in Ireland Bay and Willow and Cetti's Warblers were by the bridge.  Large numbers of Sand Martins and smaller numbers of Swallows were also over the ley.

A House Martin was over the shingle ridge near the middle/memorial car park where a Red-throated Diver was offshore.  6 Sandwich Terns were also present.

Posted April 8th at 7:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Walked the Dunes and Saunton sands late this afternoon. 60+ Sanderling along the shoreline and plenty of Swallows over the dunes. Willow Warbler and Blackcap heard singing in the wooded area. Cold wind dropped off which made it a very pleasant afternoon. 

Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands
Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands

Posted April 8th at 6:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Osprey over Kingsteignton

In my garden at 1610 and heard and saw a group of gulls go up. Saw a large bird of prey circling around Green hill road area. Went in to grab my bins and saw it was an Osprey with a fish in its talons. Circled for about 5 mins before move off northwards. Definitely the best garden tick I’ve had. 

Posted April 8th at 4:55 pm by Darren Maynard in Bird News

East Soar

18 Chiffchaff, 15 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap. Firecrest, Nuthatch & 40 Linnet.

First Speckled Wood.

Posted April 8th at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area: 6 Swallow, just 1 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, Reed Bunting and just 2 Wheatear (1m,1f)

Four Wheatear (3m,1f) at base of Crownhill Down.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 8th at 1:18 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Colebrook Linnets

From out of the kitchen window was the first Linnet we'd ever seen in Colebrook. When it flew off there were actually three of them. These are only the second Linnets we've seen this year and the first were, not in the countryside, but on a warehouse roof in Cattedown! (photos through the glass, sorry)

Linnet
Linnet
Linnet
Linnet

Posted April 8th at 1:12 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head

Small fall of migrants: 4 Willow warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Balckcap. The arable field along Gillards Road had at least 10 Yellowhammers and a couple of Cirl Buntings still. 

Posted April 8th at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

No sign of Pochard on Wrafton Pond this morning. Out on the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwits 3/4 Snipe, some Teal a Pied Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, but best was a Green Sandpiper. 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin. The Godwits were flushed by the dramatic stooping arrival of one of the local Buzzards.

Posted April 8th at 12:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 7th April 2021

Cadover Bridge & Saltram Park

Didn't see the Sand Martins or Goosanders at Cadover, but a Snipe and a Heron were on the old clay lagoon.

At Saltram Park still seven Swallows this evening plus a Sparrowhawk and a female Kestrel beside the cattle.

Swallows
Swallows
Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted April 7th at 10:02 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Exminster marshes

On the way to Exminster marshes , on a nearby field there was a curlew and a nest of coots .Small flock of Canada geese with presumably a snow goose x Canada goose  hybrid , or a leucistic Canada goose.

Later , I got an excellent view of a pair of common pheasants

There was also lots of sand martins flying low over the water and reed beds feeding on small insects.

A faint glimpse of an adult  female sparrowhawk flying low over the hedghes

At the end of Exminster marshes a disturbing scene of multiple lapwing feathers ( approximately 40 or even 50 ) laid at the side of the path . Further back there was also a chunk of presumably the lapwing's wing. Presumably the same adult female  sparrowhawk may have killed this lapwing.

Also ,unfortunately I didn't see the ruddy shelduck :( which was on Exminster marshes on Monday 05/01/2021 which had been filmed by a certain birder who goes by the name of " Exeter birder " on youtube.

Canada goose x snow goose hybrid , or leucistic Canda goose
Canada goose x snow goose hybrid , or leucistic Canda goose
Curlew
Curlew

Posted April 7th at 9:56 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Yarner and Ideford

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down ~ Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers Long Tailed Tit  and Stonechat.

Ideford Common ~ Tree Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Stonechat, Siskin, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, a roving flock of up to thirty very vocal Redpoll.

Dawlish ~ Adult Yellow Legged Gull, Rock Pipit and a distant Great Northern Diver.

Kingsteignton ~ two Swallow.

At South Brent a visit to a friend’s edge of Dartmoor farm to put up some late nest boxes, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, nine Mistle Thrush, Raven, Jay and a Stock Dove.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted April 7th at 8:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kennick Reservoir swallow

Further to yesterday’s post, hirundine feeding over Kennick reservoir predominantly, if not all, swallows and in the region of 60 - 70. 

Posted April 7th at 7:52 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Beesands

4.30 around 100 swallows and 50 house martins also at least 2 sand martins and a drake Pochard

Posted April 7th at 7:14 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

This morning.8  House Martins around the houses in Torcross. This evening 500+ Swallows and 250+ Sand Martins feeding over the Ley

Posted April 7th at 6:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Central Park & Ford Park Cemetary

Central Park - ford park to barn park lane

Two buzzards circling overhead, coal tit, greenfinch  chiff chaff, great spotted woodpecker- newly excavated nest hole spotted.

Ford Park Cemetary

Coat tit, nuthatch, male and female pheasant at the feeders. 

Posted April 7th at 5:27 pm by Kate Downes in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Short Eared Owl next to Motorway bridge.

Posted April 7th at 5:16 pm by Jason Smith in Bird News

Kennford - Red Kite

Single Red Kite soaring over Kennford at 16.45 today - heading in a generally south-east direction.

Posted April 7th at 5:03 pm by Charlie Wilson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 13.15

My first Whimbrel of the year on low rocks 80m north of Sandy Point courtesy of local, Chris.  It then flew off south and was not relocated.  4 Purple Sandpipers at the point.  

A Grey Seal close in, consuming a sizable Wrasse.  

Posted April 7th at 3:53 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth

Resident buzzard spotted circling and perching in large pine next to the cafe in Victoria Park. 

Small flock of greenfiches and gold finches together at the top of the Royal William Yard steps. 

Two Greater Black-backed gulls on Drakes island. Potential Sandwich tern sighting - bird seen diving off the West side of the island. 

Two oyster catchers on Millbay pier. 

Several pairs of pied wagtail seen along the coast from Devils point all the way to the Hoe. 

Posted April 7th at 2:36 pm by Kate Downes in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

Slapton Ley - Red-necked Grebe still at north end, 3 Sandwich Terns, 150+ Sand Martins, on the beach- 2 White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtai, Reed Warblers singing

Beesands Ley - drake Ring-necked Duck still,Snipe,3 Swallows and 1 House Martin

Posted April 7th at 2:29 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Yesterday On the scrape were three Black tail Godwit,one Snipe, two Lesser Black back gulls and a few Teal.  One the pond were two male and a single female Shoveler, five male and two female Pochard, Mallard, Coots, Moorhens in various numbers and two Little Grebe.  In the air over the water were an abundance of Swallows and Sand Martins and a fleeting glimpse of a single Sparrow Hawk.

Black tail Godwit
Black tail Godwit
Swallow
Swallow

Posted April 7th at 1:23 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 6th April 2021

Hirundine Kennick Reservoir

Mixed swallows and house martins flying low over Kennick reservoir this evening. Not sure how many and what proportion of each as no bins; 20 plus I would think. 

Posted April 6th at 7:09 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Home Farm Marsh

3 Glossy Ibises & 2 Greenshanks in the Pill . At Saltpill Duck Pond a mixed flock of approx 50 Swallows/Sand Martins , 1 Glossy Ibis & 1 Black-tailed Godwit . In Home Farm 1 first year Peregrine.

Posted April 6th at 4:36 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Wheatears in the snow showers

A biting cold wind and several snow showers in the Swincombe Valley this morning. Still managed to see my first Wheatears(4) of the year, a nice pair of Reed Bunting, several pairs of stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

Wheatear, Swincombe - 06.04.2021
Wheatear, Swincombe - 06.04.2021

Posted April 6th at 4:11 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Gutter Tor

About 100 Golden Plover flying, then a larger number around Ringmoor Down, lovely to see on a very cold windy walk

Posted April 6th at 3:30 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Disappointing, was hoping for an early swallow or sand Martin and saw neither. Plenty of stonechats, wheatear and skylarks and a noisy pair of ravens above the Dewerstone. 

Posted April 6th at 2:29 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Wrafton / Velator

No less than 6 Pochard on Wrafton Pond this morning, plus a pair of Shoveler. On the scrape a few Snipe and 3 Black-tailed Godwits in lovely summer plumage. On the down-side, no Hirundines at all - all gone back to Spain?! One or two Chiffchaffs singing in the reserve and a Blackcap too.

Posted April 6th at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover area

Despite the light snow 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap singing. Also 6 Wheatear (4m,2f). 

Single male Mandarin on the Tory Brook near Newnham Park, Plympton.

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted April 6th at 11:34 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 5th April 2021

Crownhill Down

Good views of 6 Wheatears (2m, 4f)in the fields before the Down. c.20 Meadow Pipits,8 Stonechats, 6 Swallows, 4 Chaffinches, 2 Wrens, 2 Ravens,7 Crows, c.30 Skylarks.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted April 5th at 10:14 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Ringing on Sunday was mostly pretty cool - sadly due to the weather - not so many birds - 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler ringed but apart from the Tawny Owl not much else of real note.

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

Posted April 5th at 9:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sparrowhawk - Dunkeswell

Sparrow hawk watching the bird feeders from the top of the laurel hedge this morning. It spent 10 minutes on the hedge, another 10 minutes perched on top of the bird feeder post, before eventually swooping down under the hedge and grabbing chaffinch before flying off.


Posted April 5th at 7:31 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Torcross and South Hams

11.30-12.10

Further to the earlier posts, I first saw the Alpine Swift as I drove into Torcross from the north at just before 11.30.  It caught my eye as it swooped across the rooftops of the village.  It showed incredibly well over the village, beach and lower Slapton Ley, before appearing to move off towards the north at 12.10.

After lunch at Beesands Ley, the drake Ring-necked Duck showed well.  Also, a Great Northern Diver on the sea and Sandwich Terns calling offshore.

Later at Aveton Gifford, the Lesser Yellowlegs gave excellent views in the creek off the tidal road, below Milburn Orchard.  It then flew out to the main estuary, where a leucistic Herring Gull and a Common Sandpiper were close by.  

Posted April 5th at 6:06 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

South Brent

A Swallow and Blackcap day around the house at South Brent.

Swallow
Swallow
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted April 5th at 5:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Countesswear

Walked down and back from St Leonard's first thing. Of note were:

- a Sedge Warbler, my first for the year, singing from the Southernmost former Countesswear pond, now reed-bed, and three or four Willows from eponymous trees along the canal bank. Plenty of Cetti's, Chiffs and Blackcaps as well, of course;

- a Common Sandpiper, also a first, in the river by the sewage works outfall;

- battling the wind, Sand Martins in several groups, which coalesced into a single flock of 4-500 low over the river either side of the by-pass;

- the first two eggs in a Swan's nest on the canal;

-a handful of Wigeon and Teal still on Matford pond, but the Shovelers and Tufted Ducks present last week have gone;

- a Siskin, brilliant in the sunshine, and a Treecreeper singing near St. James Weir.

Posted April 5th at 5:09 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Alpine swift Torcross

Alpine swift Torcross, found by Paul Darlington.

Alpine Swift
Alpine Swift
Alpine Swift
Alpine Swift

Posted April 5th at 4:24 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet today, but at least 7 Swallows around the cows, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Siskin,  4 Greenshanks & 8+ Roe Deer.

In my garden (Mount Gould), a Willow Warbler.

Posted April 5th at 1:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Alpine swift excitement at Torcross. I saw it about 11.40, presumably about the same time as Alan S. Also seen by at least 3 other birders. A number of reed warblers now in, hundreds of sand martins flying low over the water.

Posted April 5th at 1:45 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Harberton & Local area

Had a pair of Siskins very keen to be on the feeders yesterday. First to have a pair in the  garden. Swallow sighting in Harberton on 31/03 - earliest arrival we have noted. Had walk to Dartington Hall Estate, last Saturday, with an impressive thirteen Buzzards simultaneously circling over or close to North Woods.

Posted April 5th at 1:32 pm by Daniel in Bird News

Swallows over Saltram House

A few swallows flying over the stables.

Posted April 5th at 1:29 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Torcross.

An  Alpine Swift over the Ley at the Torcross end.

Posted April 5th at 12:02 pm by AlanK. Searle. in Bird News

Missing bird - Newton Abbot area

A Hahn's Macaw has been reported missing in the Highweek Village area of Newton Abbot. If anyone spots the bird whilst out enjoying their birdwatching would they please contact the Secretary.

Posted April 5th at 10:22 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Sunday 4th April 2021

Wrafton pond

Early morning visit to Wrafton pond where there were a good number of birds. More than one each of the following - Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Long tailed tit, one male Reed Bunting and a female with a metal ring, Little Grebe, male Pochard, Cetti's Warbler and some of the usual. 

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 4th at 11:28 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saltram Park

Additional to today's three posts for Saltram was a Treecreeper in the 'wet wood', my first here for some time.

Posted April 4th at 9:26 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sparrowhawk, Teignmouth

Devouring feral pigeon on back patio

Sparrowhawk and deceased pigeon
Sparrowhawk and deceased pigeon

Posted April 4th at 9:08 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Baggy Point today

A walk out to Baggy Point this morning bought the reward of our 1st Northern Wheatear Two  in fact, a male and a female. Overhead was one Swallow which  was flying....South! Maybe its heading back to Spain to avoid the cold weather tomorrow! Images are included for record only as they're distant & heavily cropped. 

Male Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Male Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Female Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Female Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point

Posted April 4th at 9:00 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Yarner Wood

08:41 - 12:17

Highlights: Yellowhammer, Siskin,male singing Pied Flycatcher, Song and Mistle Thush, Nuthatch, Stonechat, Goldcrest.

Posted April 4th at 8:34 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Combe Martin swallows

Sat in the garden this afternoon, there were a steady stream of swallows and house Martin's traveling east to west. Buzzards soaring overhead, blue and great tits furnishing nest boxes. Goldfinches ,Plenty of house sparrows chittering from bramble hedges but no nest box activity.grey heron no doubt seeking out ponds in people's gardens and finally the regular sparrow hawk streaking between gardens..

Posted April 4th at 7:02 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Saltram to Clearbrook

Sightings today:

Saltram woods 

Nuthatch, chaffinch, green finch, stock dove, skylark, ring-neck parakeet 

Saltram bird hide

3 x Curlew, 18 x Redshank, 4 x shelduck, 6 x little egret, 6 x Canada geese

Plymbridge woods

Green woodpecker, nuthatch, dunnock, chaffinch, green finch,  peregrine pair (food pass observed at 13.45pm), Bullfinch pair, mandarin duck 

Posted April 4th at 6:55 pm by Kate Downes in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Exminster

A relatively short look at the Plym Estuary & Saltram this morning produced: 1+ Snipe, a pair of Stonechats, Linnet & 12 Roe Deer. 

Late afternoon at Exminster Marshes, the Ruddy Shelduck still about (viewed from the canal bank just south of Fishermens’ car park) &, from the Lion’s Rest, adult Russian White-fronted Goose, 3 Pintails (2 drakes), 3 Cattle Egrets & 300+ Sand Martins.

Posted April 4th at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saltram

Jays 2, Snipe 1, Green Woodpeckers 2, Chaffinches Goldfinches, Linnets a pair nr. Blaxton Meadow, Nuthatches, Skylarks, Chiffchaffs, Stock Dove. At least 5 Swallows over Saltram House and pond. Sadly found a dead Tawny Owl in the drainage channel by the Sewage Works.

Skylark
Skylark
Goldfinch
Goldfinch

Posted April 4th at 4:25 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

South Brent ~ Blackcap

My first Blackcap of the year and heard in full song in the garden this afternoon, it took ages to actually get a view of it as it remained sulking in the deep hedge cover for most of the time, a second bird heard singing closer to the house later in the afternoon.

A Green woodpecker calling frequently and the sound of a GSWP drumming.

Blackcap
Blackcap
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted April 4th at 4:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

North Devon

At Penhill this morning , a minimum of 3 Sandwich terns & 1 Osprey .

Posted April 4th at 3:30 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Saunton

Once it had warmed up after a cold start the air was filled with the sound of bird song again, Chiffchaffs ,Blackcaps, Wrens,Robins, Dunnocks, Blue tits, Great tits etc all full of the joys of spring.

A few Holly Blue Butterflies on the wing & my first sighting of a female Orange tip Butterfly. The path was fringed with violets & primroses against the backdrop of the flowering gorse smelling of coconut.  

Posted April 4th at 3:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Ruddy Shelduck was the main interest showing south of the access road and before the bends.  Found by others this morning. Judging by the pale head a female I believe.  Also present in the same area were 3 Cattle Egret. 70+ Sand Martin high and passing through..  Numbers of duck still present with at least 24 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pintail.  

Posted April 4th at 2:22 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Yellowhammer - Torbay

Male Yellowhammer in full voice on Hopes Nose this morning - first I've seen here for a while. Also still nine Purple Sandpipers o Haldon Pier, Torquay Harbour.

Posted April 4th at 1:02 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News

Scadson Woods - Paignton

Red Kite circling quite low over house in northerly direction today at 11.20 hours. Local Gull population not so impressed !!!

Posted April 4th at 11:31 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Yarner

Pied Flycatchers are back with two seen and heard singing.

Posted April 4th at 9:39 am by Matt Collis in Bird News

Saturday 3rd April 2021

cadover

early walk around cadover on this windy morning. 

3 herons, m+f reed buntings, grey and pied wagtail, buzzard, at most 7 sand martins taking interest in one bank of the river  a shame as it was quiet then, but wont be with people walking,  a lot of goldcrest ,willow warblers, green woodpeckers, raven, stonechat, meadow pip, dunnock, robin, great tit, blackbirds.  No wheaters for me, must be the wrong spot

Posted April 3rd at 11:36 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

House Martins - first of the year. Three birds excitedly chattering around the house and two fly straight in to the old nest under the gable to assess the repairs required! 


Posted April 3rd at 6:42 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

South Brent ~ Swallow

Exmouth for the Northern Mockingbird.

Town Quay, Newton Abbot ~ Shag, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and Skylarks in song from the race course.

Back home at South Brent, female Reed Bunting around the feeders, two Great Black Backed Gull overhead and my first South Brent Swallow of the year (last years first home bird recorded on the 9th April)

Shag
Shag
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 3rd at 5:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Alan’s sightings: Common Sandpiper, Siskin, 28 Turnstones, pair of Stonechats, 2 Sand Martins & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted April 3rd at 5:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Saltram

 A Red Kite over Saltram around 1pm. 

Posted April 3rd at 4:50 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

At least 70 Sand Martins in 2 flocks on the Otter, south of OSM, with a couple of Swallows, my first of the year. Goosander (f) flew north, 2 singing Blackcaps and a treecreeper showing well. 

Posted April 3rd at 4:46 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

A  fall of spring migrants in the willow scrubby areas on Braunton Burrows yesterday morning & this morning.Taking the same route as in previous years this morning's count consisted of 29 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler,13 Blackcap, 1 Jay (I think probably the same one as yesterday),& my first Common Whitethroat of the year. 3 Cettis heard yesterday morning. Whooper Swan still present with the Mutes.


Posted April 3rd at 2:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Glad to finally see several House Martins this morning with the Sand Martins and Swallows over and around Wrafton Pond and the Scrape. Also on the pond 4 Pochard, and a pair of Shoveler. Down to one Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape. A few Teal lingering. Summer plumage Little Egret. Good numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in the vicinity. Much the same mix over in the reserve. Then at ten past ten the Gulls from the industrial estate and those from past Sherpa Marsh got themselves in a right old state about something. It took me a while but I eventually found why: a fast-flying Osprey headed off over Braunton Marsh and towards Georgeham.

Posted April 3rd at 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

This morning: 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 4 Common gull, 88 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Ring necked parakeet, singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 5 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin over the cow fields.

Posted April 3rd at 2:13 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Velator

Noticed the Whooper Swan still happily hanging out with the Mutes in the dykes whilst on my morning run. 

Posted April 3rd at 12:00 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Friday 2nd April 2021

Swallow

1 Swallow over dartington this evening 

Posted April 2nd at 9:56 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Exeter

Countess Weir ~ Four Cormorant in breeding plumage, six Sand Martin, Chiffchaff singing in the WTW, fly over Heron.

Exminster Marsh (From the gate opposite the Lions Rest Ind units) Bar Headed Goose, White Fronted Goose and four Greylag Geese. While watching the geese a huge flock of hirundines flew in over the area of the Turf Inn too far away for positive ID as to which species but simply clouds of them

From the first car park on Station Road distant view of a Great White Egret flying out over Topsham.

Powderham ~ Female Sparrowhawk

Heathfield ~ Goldcrest

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted April 2nd at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Swallows

My first swallows of the season; 2 seen at 6.30 pm above farm buildings near Drewesteignton. Looked like they had not long arrived. 

Posted April 2nd at 8:31 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Soar

An Osprey NE over Middle Soar around 5.30pm and 7 Wheatears together on the stone walls (but no sign of the Hoopoe seen earlier).

Posted April 2nd at 7:46 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Several cock Wheatears calling and displaying over a windswept  Legis Tor Warren early this morning + c.30 Meadow Pipits, 2 pairs of Grey Wagtails, a pair of Pied Wagtails ,and a pair of Goosanders on the Plym....looks like its mating season!!!

Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 2nd at 6:50 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good showing of migrants in this morning's sunshine including: a Red Kite (going NE at 09.12), Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatears (2 males), Willow Warbler and 5 singing Blackcaps. Also, Siskin, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, Bar- & Black-tailed Godwits (latter in summer plumage), 6 Greenshanks & 6 Roe Deer.  

Posted April 2nd at 12:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sandwich Tern Appledore

Very surprised to see a splash into the water on the receding tide just off the Beaver Inn, Appledore,  and a Sandwich Tern emerge with a small fish! 1st for us at this location. 12:05. 


Posted April 2nd at 12:21 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 1st April 2021

East Devon

Not sure whether I have already submitted this post so here goes. Today between jobs I stopped off at a well known Wildlife area in East Devon and got to see this lovely little Dartford Warbler.  Also met a couple of birders looking for the same bird but sadly for them, they left just five minutes or so before this bird appeared.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted April 1st at 9:38 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Pulled into the tidal road on the way home, where the Lesser Yellowlegs showed distantly with some Redshank and three Greenshank.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted April 1st at 7:36 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Late post from Tuesday.....Braunton

I went for a walk on my own on Tuesday 30th as Sue was busy. Sandy Lane & Boundary road  around the Great Field and home via the allotments at Velator.  Notable were the number of small warblers,  some vocal, others silent. Chiff chaff were most numerous, I counted 14 and only 3 were vocal. I heard 1 Willow warbler singing and saw 2 possibles as they appeared greener/yellower than the Chaffs. 2 Sedge warbler were chattering away in undergrowth adjacent to the drain ditch not far from the holiday cottage site. I heard 3 but saw no Cettis warblers. No hirundine at all! 

Posted April 1st at 7:30 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Beesands Ley

Very choppy at the Stokeley Bay end where Red-necked Grebe played hard to find in the waves, couldn't find reported Goldeneye though. At Slapton Bridge thousands of Roach moving up to spawn attracted two huge female Pike. Four Swallows over the Higher Ley.

At Beesands Ley the Ring-necked Duck showed well in calmer conditions, but no sign of a reported drake Pintail.

No Grebe just a Red-neck!
No Grebe just a Red-neck!
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

Posted April 1st at 7:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bolt Head

Sat at Bolt Head when I thought I heard a Chough, looked up and sure enough there it was. Too distant and too quick for a decent photo but managed to fire off a few shots

Chough
Chough
Chough
Chough

Posted April 1st at 6:23 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Singing Tree Pipit again plus at least 6 singing Willow Warblers (fresh in) and a male Redstart. 

Posted April 1st at 6:02 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Short-Eared Owl early afternoon feeding around the lagoon (6 Swallows over marsh)

Posted April 1st at 5:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red kite Barnstaple

Red kite flying over my garden in Whiddon Valley this afternoon 

Posted April 1st at 5:47 pm by Julie Green in Bird News

Yealm Estuary, Brixton to Steer Point

Six Greenshank, 4 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, Curlew and a dead Slow Worm

Posted April 1st at 5:44 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Trendlebere Down, SE Dartmoor

Willow Warbler in song this afternoon.

Posted April 1st at 5:02 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Apart from the unusual sighting of the Bar-headed Goose and a Swan Goose (escapee) ?? We had an early Sedge Warbler, Cettis Warblers 8, Chiffchaffs, numerous Sand Martins, a Swallow, Reed Buntings, Lapwings, Curlew, Black tailed Godwits ,Dunlin, Redshank, Teal, Pintail, Wigeon Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, Blackcaps and a Ringed Plover. 

Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Goose

Posted April 1st at 3:46 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Slapton Ley

First look around Slapton since 2nd January. Singing Reed Warbler near the quarry. 5 Swallows, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Sanderling elsewhere.

Posted April 1st at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Burrator reservoir

A walk round the reservoir this morning: 5 singing Blackcaps, several Chiffchaff, 4 Goosander (2m,2f) on the water.

Posted April 1st at 2:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Cold easterly wind but first Wheatears arrived, both males inc.a singing male on a traditional territory - a record 14 pairs across Soar in 2020! Also today 4 singing Blackcap, Swallow, 7 Chiffchaff; offshore 35 Gannet, 2 Fulmar and a Grey Seal close in. 2 Red Admirals. 

Posted April 1st at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marshes

12:30

Male Common Redstart 

Posted April 1st at 12:44 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Amongst the usual waders and waterfowl today were a Swan Goose (possibly Greylag cross?) and a Bar-headed Goose. Also a Short-eared owl out hunting

Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Swan Goose
Swan Goose

Posted April 1st at 11:08 am by Peter Newman in Bird News

Blackcap m

Still a regular vusitor to our garden (ivy bush) in Topsham

Posted April 1st at 9:46 am by Lee Summersby in Bird News

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