Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from September 2021

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Black Kite

Shute

07 Jun

Honey-Buzzard

Soar

09 Oct

Caspian Gull

Exmouth

01 Dec

Honey-Buzzard

Thurlestone

13 Oct

Chough

Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct

Chough

Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua

Thurlestone

12 May

Common Rosefinch

Lundy

10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting

Lundy

17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]

Lundy

22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater

Lundy

07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis

Staverton

21 Dec

RC Starling

Lundy

01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr

Nightingale

Hallsands

26 May

Serin

Haldon

21 Aug

Nightingale

Wistlandpound

30 May

Tree Sparrow

Ilfracombe

22 Jan

Hooded Crow

Clovelly

03 Jun

Tree Sparrow

Haldon

14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Thursday 30th September 2021

Bowling Green Marsh & Exminster Marshes

This morning at BGM: Curlew, Greenshank, Redshank ,Dunlin, Blackwit, Spotted Redshank, Little Egrets, Herons, Moorhen, Coots, Mallards, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows, Buzzard, Stock Doves, Shoveller, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Ravens, Great tits, Blue tits, Chaffinches. At Exminster Marshes: Great White Egret, Snowgoose, Gadwall.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 30th, 2021 at 11:09 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head's seawatching totals 07:00-17:30 (several observers through the day): 2 juvenile Sabine's Gulls (09:55 &10:30), Sooty Shearwater, 645 Balearic Shearwaters (new site record), 5 Manx Shearwaters, large Shearwater (most likely Great but distant), European Storm-petrel, 23 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 2500+ Kittiwakes, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Common Terns, 15 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 100+ House Martins (in 3 groups), 5+ Swallows. Also 10+ Common Dolphin and 4 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted September 30th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Good crop of sightings there Steve! A Kingfisher started coming up the river as I arrived on the bridge this morning, saw me and did a u-turn! In a very windy reserve, Another Kingfisher, Cetti's calling, GSW, 3 Moorhens (perhaps the Otter has gone!) Sparrowhawk over, and the first Bullfinch for several weeks - a juvenile.

Posted September 30th, 2021 at 4:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 29th September 2021

Wrafton Scrape Area

Late afternoon visit between 5pm and 6pm to the Wrafton area produced the following notables, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Mallard, 1 Shoveler (Male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 2 Teal, 21 Lapwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 5 Swallow & 95 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 11:42 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Wembury Point

Further to the recent post from Alan Livsey, good numbers of Mediterranean Gull at Wembury Point in excess of 50 birds of varying age, three ringed birds noted two with DARVIC type rings both adults White 3LKT and Yellow 2L14.

10 plus Oyster Catcher, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, numerous low flying Swallows all headed east up the coast and a single Curlew.

At Heybrook Bay a Kestel being mobbed by a crow.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Sadly back to low numbers of birds ringed in today's session. Most probably due to too much wind, but I'm often surprised how sheltered much of the reserve is. So of the 13 birds ringed: 3 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinches, 1 smart male Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs - all late in the day, a juvenile female Great Spotted Woodpecker, and an adult Jay - presumably the bird that has been around for a while now. As usual with this species, very noisy, and very aggressive. Only the third I have ringed here  - last in 2012!

Close up view of the the lovely turquoise-blue coverts.
Close up view of the the lovely turquoise-blue coverts.

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 7:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visit at lunch time coincided with the high tide . However it was a neap tide and extensive areas of mud remained exposed in the estuary. There were c60 curlew roosting on the mud north of Turf. At Turf a kingfisher was in the entrance to the lock. On the marshes 2 marsh harriers repeatedly disturbed the ducks and a small group of waders that included ruff, ringed plover (2), dunlin and black-tailed godwit (5). A few swallows flew through, a single wheatear was on the fields and two jays in Station Road.

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 6:44 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

shaugh prior

A small walk down some smaller lanes leading out of the village, the abundance of pheasants is something, between all the fields, easily over 500 pheasants, there was one completely white one too. Spoke to a local, they said the shoot begins on friday, and the white pheasant is a penalty bird, whoever shoots it has to pay a fine. 

Also on the stroll,  ravens, rooks, jackdaw, goldfinch, goldcrest, robin, nuthatch, blue and great tit, dunnock mallard and teal

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 5:51 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Lopwell/Maristow

At 1115 an immature Osprey flew down estuary and was lost from view near Bere Ferrers.  Also in area 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Grebes, at least 10 Ravens, and a large number of House Martins feeding high over the woods at Lopwell and further up the Tavy valley

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 5:48 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Further to Chris's report. Linnets 12, Wheatears 6, Stonechats 7, Meadow Pipits 20, Skylarks 6, Ravens 7, Buzzard 1, Little Egret overfly.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 5:34 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Not many migrants about but still Golden Plover, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, 65 Swallow, House Martin, 6 White Wagtail, 210 Meadow Pipit, 46 Robin, Whinchat, 4 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, Jay at farm - migrant, 10 Greenfinch, 80 Goldfinch & 70 Linnet.

Non-avian: 9 Roe Deer, Comma, 32 Red Admiral & 4 Wall Brown.

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Merlin (f/immature) chasing Meadow Pipits. Six Snipe flushed and two Wheatear around.

Posted September 29th, 2021 at 10:47 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 28th September 2021

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched for two hours over the high tide this morning. Most notable was the number of Pintail, 225-250. Plenty of Teal, a few Shoveler and a Tufted, but hardly any Wigeon.

Probably 1200-1500 waders in total, with 4/5 Snipe and one each of Whimbrel, Ruff and Barwit amongst the commoner spp. The Pectoral Sandpiper did not show itself.

A new observation for me was, through binoculars, a Redshank apparently stabbing at the neck and throat of a roosting Blackwit. Through the 'scope, however, I could see that it was actually "combing" the feathers. The Godwit gave a threat display once in 3/4 minutes, but otherwise stayed calm. Don't know if Redshanks normally preen their mates, and a Godwit neck could be a super-stimulus to a hormonally-unbalanced bird, or if it was a doomed, louse-ridden Godwit and the Redshank was feeding.

Posted September 28th, 2021 at 9:37 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Berryhead

Berryhead 7.30-17.00

Shearwater Sooty 1, Balearic 386, Manx 16, Arctic Skua 22, Bonxie 3, Red-throated Diver, Med Gull 6, Fulmar 1 ,Swallow 3, Harbour Porpoise 4

Posted September 28th, 2021 at 8:26 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News

Green shank at Goosemoor

43 Greenshank at Goosemoor this morning plus another three at Bowling Green Marsh

Posted September 28th, 2021 at 6:17 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a wet wander - 10+ Mediterranean Gulls (6+ ad, 2 2nd-w & 2 1st-w, my highest total ever here), 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Black- & a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlins, 3 Shags & a Weasel.

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Posted September 28th, 2021 at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lynton

A White-tailed Eagle reported (and photographed) in the Lynton area yesterday evening.

Posted September 28th, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 27th September 2021

Velator

Quite busy this morning: A Little Egret near the scrape ended up for a while perched on a low tree next to the reserve. In the river a very fast Kingfisher and a more sedentary Dipper. At least 8 Blackbirds scattered around the reserve with a Chiffchaff or 2, 2 Kingfishers, 2 GSW, Blackcap, at least one Cetti's Warbler, a Magpie and a Black-headed Gull seeing off a male Sparrowhawk, a possible Reed Warbler. A few Long-tailed Tits and the numbers of Blue and Great Tits increasing now that they have found the feeders.

On 11th September I saw a Jay, and commented that I get just a few sightings each year. Well it's been here off and on since then, and today there may have been three present.

Later this afternoon I called in at Bradiford Reserve. Tide was out so only a few Teal and Moorhens. Out on the river several each of both Godwits.

Posted September 27th, 2021 at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

A seawatch (07.00-09.30) rapidly became too fine, but produced: 24 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 7 Common Scoters, c200 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad + 1st-w) & 3 Harbour Porpoises. Also 15+ Swallows heading into the bay and 2 Firecrests around the woods.

At Dartington Hall, 6 Little Grebes including 2 young still being fed, 8 Mandarin Ducks, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Grey Wagtail.  

Posted September 27th, 2021 at 3:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mute Swans

19 mute swans in Brixham harbour near King Billy statue.

Posted September 27th, 2021 at 3:14 pm by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Fremington Quay

A distant Gannet at Fremington Quay this morning , photos are max crop.



Posted September 27th, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 26th September 2021

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Out of Brixham on Kelly’s Hero’ Charters.  Among the highlights today was a second year Med Gull on the pontoon with an adult just off the Breakwater.  28 Balearic Shearwaters flying S, 1000+ Kittiwakes being harassed by at least 4 Arctic Skua (1 light phase remainder mostly juveniles), distant Great Skua harassing Herring Gulls, Peregrine and 3 Harbour Porpoise. Back on dry land, House Martins and Swallows over the harbour.  

Posted September 26th, 2021 at 10:46 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Wembury Point.

This morning: 12 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Skylark, 3 Cirl Bunting, 1 Blackcap, 2 Kestrels being harassed by Crows. Round the corner from Wembury Point roosting on the rocks were a 40+ mix of 1st / 2nd / Adult winter Mediterranean Gulls.

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted September 26th, 2021 at 4:11 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

At Torcross end 15.25 a 1st Winter Bonapartes Gull , in front of hide and on beach , found by Phil Bentley and myself

Posted September 26th, 2021 at 3:46 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton area

Only a Little Egret of note on the scrape. In the reserve a calling Cetti's Warbler being very vocal, a Buzzard and a Kingfisher, but no repeat of yesterday's group - 6 or 7 of Blackbirds mobbing something which I couldn't find. A walk down the East bank of the Caen showed only 2 Curlews and 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Gulls again with the Black-headeds. Raven over, but best bird was a Wheatear. I still think the new scrape could produce the goods!

Posted September 26th, 2021 at 2:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little change this morning - single Black- & Bar-tailed Godwits & 11 Greenshanks still around with a Common Sandpiper & a good count of 180 Redshanks with a lone Dunlin. Also, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-w + 2 ads), Shag, 6 Stonechats & a Roe Deer.

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Posted September 26th, 2021 at 1:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Just discovered an exhausted sparrowhawk in our living room on the windowsill. We live in a terraced house in Ashburton and it must have flown in the back door. No idea how long it had been there. Luckily the next door neigbour had a pair of gauntlet gloves and managed to capture and release it apparently unharmed.

Posted September 26th, 2021 at 12:23 pm by Robert O'Kelly in Bird News

Saturday 25th September 2021

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

A juv Eider showed well ranging between Thatcher Rock and the Lead Stone, before disappearing behind the latter. 

Late afternoon 

6 Balearic Shearwaters around and then south past the Point. Also, Arctic Skua, Common Sandpiper, 29 Swallows out to sea and over the Orestone. 6 Common Dolphins. 

Posted September 25th, 2021 at 8:50 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

2-3 Arctic Skuas Kittiwakes from time to time, 1 Great Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 23 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns 7-8 Harbour Porpoise. Around the headland 1 Firecrest plus a couple of Goldcrest, 3 Blackcaps 7 Chiffchaffs. 

Posted September 25th, 2021 at 4:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Adult Little gull , present during the morning.

Posted September 25th, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few bits 'n' pieces on a murky morning, including: Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlins, 4 Turnstones, Mediterranean Gull (adult), Shag, Green Woodpecker & 2 Roe Deer.

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Posted September 25th, 2021 at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Bit early for high tide and ducks moved off estuary by 2 shooters. 220+ Pintail, 150+ Wigeon, 110+ Teal, 15 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 17 Lapwing best of it. 27 Greenshank on Goosemoor. 

Posted September 25th, 2021 at 9:36 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Friday 24th September 2021

Bowling Green Marsh

Afternoon visit yesterday showed large numbers of wigeon and teal, canada geese and shoveler . Pair of little grebe feeding in front of hide with larger medium sized grebe near railway line along with a male Gadwall. Several lapwing.

Posted September 24th, 2021 at 7:58 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

arlington

Water Rail far side of the lake


Posted September 24th, 2021 at 7:36 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Harford Moor, Nr Ivybridge

Above Harford Moor Gate near Ivybridge.

Buzzard 6, Meadow Pipits in good numbers certainly well over 50, Stonechat 4, Skylark 6, Heron, Raven 4, Snipe, Kestrel 3, Jay 2, Linnet 2 and the odd Swallow passing over.

Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted September 24th, 2021 at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning's high tide - Bar- & 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 2 Kingfishers. Also, Whinchat, 6+ Stonechats, Grey Wagtail & 3 Shags. 

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Posted September 24th, 2021 at 3:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Not a good day for scrub migrants but better on open ground with 230 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, 6 Wheatear, White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, influx of 30 Robin and 3 Jay moving up west through Starehole Valley. All topped off by passing Spitfire!

Non-avian: 5 Wall Brown - 3rd generation.

Posted September 24th, 2021 at 3:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymstock

Honey buzzard over Plymstock chased by crow and common buzzard towards Saltram at 1.45 pm.

Posted September 24th, 2021 at 2:36 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Bideford.

4 Cattle Egrets in the Southcott valley , Bideford east.     20+ Mediterranean Gulls in the gull flock at Ethelwynne Brown close , Bideford east.

Posted September 24th, 2021 at 12:08 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Fremington Pill

Change of venue! 2 Greenshank, 100 or so Dunlin and about the same of Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (poss 2), 1 Little Egret. Lots of Teal.

And strangely no waders came into the Wrafton scrape this evening.

Posted September 23rd, 2021 at 8:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torcross

8 Cetti's Warblers between tank car park and Stokeley hide along the Ley side, all calling well, back in action after moulting

Posted September 23rd, 2021 at 6:39 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Wembury Point

Nothing much about a part from a Bar-tailed Godwit and 94 Med Gulls, the majority being 1st winter birds.

Posted September 23rd, 2021 at 4:43 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Croyde

Moulting juvenile Starlings in transition to adult plumage.


Posted September 23rd, 2021 at 12:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lyme Bay Cruise

Specially chartered afternoon cruise on Kellys Hero produced: 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1000+ Kittiwake, just 23 Gannets, 5 Razorbills, over 100 Common Dolphins in many pods, 11 Harbour Porpoise 9 Grey Seals sadly including one with part of a lobster pot stuck around it's neck.

Posted September 23rd, 2021 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Wrafton Scrape Black Tail Godwits

Good numbers of Black Tails yesterday evening. 160 ish. Plus Cattle Egret,Greenshank, Teal and Mallard.

Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape
Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 10:35 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

River Caen

Saw this little beauty yesterday while walking on the east side of the Caen around the middle of the day....a Common Sandpiper 

Common Sandpiper?
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper?
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 8:48 pm by Janelle McCracken in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

On and over the marsh around high tide this morning were 2 Spoonbills, 4 Ruff, 3 Little Stints, 3 Snipe, a Curlew Sandpiper, and a Peregrine eating something on a pylon, and on the canal bank were at least 4 squealing Water Rails. Also noticeable was the recommencement of Cetti's song; I assume that their moult is over and that they hold Winter territories. 

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 7:58 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Powderham Park

The Great White Egret on the main pool in Powderham Park this afternoon , seems to be spending its days here then flying into Exminster Marshes to roost.

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 5:16 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape Black Tail Godwits

Good numbers of Black Tails yesterday evening. 160 ish. Plus Cattle Egret,Greenshank, Teal and Mallard.

Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape
Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 5:01 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

There were still 2 spoonbills (adult and juv) on the marsh this morning, (a further 5 were reported from Dawlish Warren). Also seen were 3 ruff, one cattle egret (12 on Monday) and two marsh harriers. Duck numbers increasing including 6+ gadwall. Few small birds; a few chiffchaff and one sedge warbler (juv).

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 3:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Fremington Pill

5 Greenshanks , 200 ish Dunlin & 1 Curlew Sandpiper


Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 2:10 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Wembury Point 08:30

Wembury Point 08:10

43 Med Gulls at the high tide roost. 21 adult winter plumage, 17 moulting into 1st winter. A larger than normal passage of Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Double figures for both species. 90+ Canada Geese in the stubble field east of the point.

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 10:21 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Harleston to Slapton Ley

Maybe 10,000+ Swallows in the valley last night - amazing spectacle!

Posted September 22nd, 2021 at 9:13 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 21st September 2021

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Caen Estuary & Horsey

16:45  - 7 Lapwing over the Caen Estuary & then a walk out to Horsey on a rising spring tide with the scope.1 Great White Egret over half way along towards the White House  This was moved on by the rising tide & flew south over the outer sea wall onto the Taw Estuary.

11 Greenshank & 4 Redshank on the way back.

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 7:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator - again!

There was a Cattle Egret with the cows during the morning, Not sure where the other went!

Scrape full of Godwits
Scrape full of Godwits

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 3:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Owl;ey Moor Gate ~ South Brent

Just above Owley Moor Gate this afternoon 26 Mistle Thrush feeding on Rowan berries, a male Kestrel, about 50 plus Meadow Pipit, one flock of 10 birds and one of 32, 2 Jays, a Wren and a male Blackcap.

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 3:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Not sure what happened to my pic yesterday - Andy Lansdell also posted one which didn't appear. Will try again.  Ringing today was a good deal better than recently with over 30 birds ringed, best being 8 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher. Retrapped the Tawny Owl too.

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 2:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Migrant-friendly conditions led to a lack of migrants grounded but did get 7 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 160 Meadow Pipit, 25 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker & 40 Skylark. Also: 550 Herring gull, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Bullfinch.

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk in lovely conditions this morning produced: a singing Dipper, Kingfisher fishing, Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, single Black- & Bar-tailed Godwits,  44 Curlews, 22 Mandarin Ducks & a Siskin.

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Posted September 21st, 2021 at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend

Upside down BH Gulls.


Posted September 21st, 2021 at 1:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Downend & Saunton Sands

The light has been brilliant for photography recently so I thought I would post a photo of some upside down BH Gulls at Downend!

Yesterday aft the rising spring tide rushed in at some pace at Saunton Sands filling in the hollows in the sand. 


Posted September 21st, 2021 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

40+ Black-tailed Godwits  on Scrape between 0700 - 0745 before dispersing, except one that seemed a little distressed and appeared unable to get airborne - still there 0900. Ruff still present but no sign of any Cattle Egrets. 2 Little Egrets flew over before I departed at 0900

some of 40+ B-t s
some of 40+ B-t s
trying to get airborne
trying to get airborne

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 1:00 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

DOTTEREL ~ Dawlish Warren

An evening visit to Dawlish Warren NR to see the Dotterel  found by Lee Collins (who was on fortunately site to help point it out to visiting birders) not easy to view as it was tucked behind one of the wooden paling screens amongst a large number of Dunlin, along with a few Ringed  and Golden Plover.

On the beach up to 30 Sanderling (one ringed bird) and a smaller number of Dunlin, 3 Tern sp out over the sea, 30 Black Tailed Godwit.

On leaving a flight of Brent Geese flew into the reserve.

Sanderling
Sanderling
Sanderling
Sanderling

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 9:16 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

Late post.

On the high tide at Skern on Sunday (19.09.21) there was one Brent Goose and yesterday (20.09.21) there were four Brent Geese along with a party of six Wigeon.

Posted September 21st, 2021 at 6:22 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Monday 20th September 2021

South Efford Marsh

Osprey over S.E. Marsh around 1500, panicked all the Gulls and Waders. It continued upriver mobbed by a couple of Crows. Other birds seen: Kingfisher, Stock Doves, Curlew, Blackwits, Teal, Mallard, Little Egrets, Cormorants. Domesticated White Goose? with the Canadas. Solitary hen Pheasant near the hide.

Osprey
Osprey
hen Pheasant
hen Pheasant

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 11:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Fremington to Yelland

Nice flock of waders Jon, was it very foggy or did you forget to attach the photo? My morning was spent on the other side of the river.  At Fremington salt pond there were; two Snipe, a Kingfisher (distant views of both), a Little Egret, two Little Grebes, a few Moorhens, five female Shovelers, a Robin, some Mallard and a Sparrowhawk. On the river bank a Turnstone dropped in for a few minutes before heading towards Fremington quay.  Further on around Home Farm Marsh was a Kestrel, eight or nine Widgeon flew past as they headed up river towards Fremington, a flock of Linnets, a Willow Warble or Chiffchaff (didn't get a close view) and five Reed Buntings.

Snipe
Snipe
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 8:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

My camera has patched up it's argument with the computer so I can share a pic or two again! Here's the flock of waders out on the scrape late afternoon.

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 7:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton

Wrafton scrape today: This morning just a couple of Snipe - all the Egrets, Ruff and Godwits had gone elsewhere. Still, I was tempted back down this late afternoon, where I met Sue who said the Ruff was back and a Cattle Egret was resting out there too. A while later a few Black-tailed Godwits appeared and settled in for a preen. A couple more groups followed in and soon there were 29 - just as many as the other day. By degrees more arrived, one group with a couple of smaller waders too. These were Knot - in winter plumage. More kept coming in until I counted 133! The most I can remember seeing there was about 96, while Sue recalls seeing 126, so a record number we think. All very lovely in the evening sunshine.

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 7:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Rather slow for migrants this morning but saw: 4+ Whinchats, 2 Yellow & 1 Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipit, 6 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats & Goldcrest. Also at least 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jays & a Sparrowhawk.

Later, at South Huish Marsh, 12 Mediterranean Gulls (5 ads, 4 3rd cy & 3 1st cy), Black-tailed Godwit & 30+ Stock Doves. 

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Beer Head, East Devon

10 members of DB attended this mornings (East Devon Branch) field walk (with thanks to Paul Norris for leading us).  Birds were thin on the ground and a circular walk produced a Whinchat at the 'Dell', 2 Spotted Flycatcher at the 'Hollow' and 5-6 Wheatear at several locations, plus others including tits, finches, pIpits, corvids, swallows, Chiffchaffs and a probable Sparrow Hawk. A highlight was the sight of a stoat chasing a rabbit for several minutes (the rabbit got away!).

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 3:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Lyme Bay pelagic boat trip,

Sundays Lyme Bay pelagic boat trip, on leaving Brixham harbour, Rock Pipit, Turnstones and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Off of Berry Head a Wheatear on the top of one of the rock outcrops, small number of harbour porpoise.

Large numbers of Kittiwake, several small groups of Guillemot, Gannet, two first winter Mediterranean Gull, seven Skua sightings but very distant, two Balearic Shearwater, highlight was a pod of very active White Beaked Dolphin.

Kittiwake
Kittiwake
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted September 20th, 2021 at 9:30 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 19th September 2021

Avon Estuary

Osprey watched for 5 min halfway between Aveton Gifford and Bantham

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 6:49 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Wembury Bay

Around Heybrook & Wembury Bays this morning: Wryneck (by pines at Wembury Point), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Wagtail & Ringed Plover.

Also, a Yellow Wagtail over Staddiscombe. 

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

exmouth duckpond

30 Canada,38Mute swans 300 plus Widgon and50 mallard..

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 3:40 pm by bill in Bird News

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle this morning at Seaton Wetlands. A juvenile, presumably from the IoW re-introduction, soaring in a thermal with Buzzards to the east of  Colyford Common disappeared into a cloud and then re-appeared gliding rapidly westwards at approx 11.35am.

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 1:48 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Leather Tor/Sharpitor (Dartmoor) 19.9.2021

Migrants in area were at least three Wheatear, c.50 Meadow Pipits and c.40 Skylarks. Two Kestrels were hunting the moor, and at least seven Ravens chasing and tumbling high in the sky. Unusual was a group of five Cormorants flying across the moor in a NW direction at 1045.

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 1:43 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Fremington Pill

250 plus Dunlin , 2 Curlew Sandpipers , 1 Spotted Redshank , 5 Greenshanks & 11 Black-tailed Godwits. 

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 10:31 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Fremington Pill

On Friday morning another birder and I were watching a single bird on the far bank of the pill between the sluice and iron bridge. Unlike the two Greenshanks that it was feeding with it appeared to have a darker back and grey head.  We thought that it could be a piper possibly green or wood.  In my opinion, it looks like it could be a Green Sandpiper.

Eds - another Greenshank; there is some variation in tones, especially at this time of year.

Green Sandpiper?
Green Sandpiper?

Posted September 19th, 2021 at 1:35 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 18th September 2021

River Mole Valley

Several pairs of Swallow still feeding their third broods were joined by 65 more and 5 House Martins in the farm yard this morning .Their presence attracted a female Sparrow Hawk which succeeded in catching one but it fortunately escaped when I approached.9 Pied Wagtails 2 Buzzards and a Wheatear feeding in the bird mix field but most disappeared upon the arrival of 45 Herring Gulls.7 Meadow Pipits,mostly juveniles feeding amongst the cattle.A wildlife camera filmed a Tawny Owl bathing in a deer wallow……after it was deserted by 4 Red Deer Stags……..also a fleeting glimpse of a grey squirrel being pursued by a Raptor.Marsh Tit,Nuthatch and Spotted Flycatcher in the orchard.

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 7:19 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This mornings low tide:

26 Lapwing, c40 Pintail, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Snipe, 2 Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Black Tailed Godwit, Kingfisher. Also, 6 Stock Dove, Kestrel, Raven, Chiffchaff. From the viewing platform, 3 Greenshank, several Redshank, Cetti's warbler heard.

A quick look at Matford marsh: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Teal and Wigeon on the water, 1 Buzzard up a pylon.

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 6:32 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A very pleasant walk around the southern half of the marshes mid afternoon was rewarding. Two marsh harriers near the railway were talon grappling and interacting. The trees alongside the railway held 6+ chiffchaffs and at least 2 willow warblers. Near Turf a red-legged partridge was a surprise in the field between the reserve and the Turf, (a new Exminster Marshes bird for  me). On the mud north of Turf were c500 curlew, 125 black-tailed godwits, one knot and the 2 spoonbills. The spoonbills later flew onto the central scrape alongside 4 cattle egrets and a good selection of smaller waders including 4 ruff, 1 curlew sand, 1 little stint, 4+ dunlin, 1 green sand and 1 snipe.

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 5:31 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide: 2 Bar- & 1 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers & 3 Turnstones. Also, my first Meadow Pipit of the autumn, here, 2 Stonechats & a lingering Spotted Flycatcher.  

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Posted September 18th, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Late News - Lyme Bay Boat Trips - 16th and 17th Sept

Highlights form the two trips

Thursday 16th September

Sooty, 5 Balearic and Manx Shearwater, 2 immature Little Gulls, 10 Arctic and 4 Great Skua, 65 Common Tern (60% immatures), 3 Arctic Tern, 200 Common Dolphin, 10 Harbour Porpoise and 8 Bluefin Tuna

Friday 17th September

17 Arctic, 4 Great and an immature Long-tailed Skua, 7 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters, 800+ Kittiwakes in a single flock, 60 Common Dolphins, 5 Harbour Porpoise, breaching Bluefin Tuna and a 1-2 Minke Whales.

LT Skua
LT Skua
LT Skua
LT Skua

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 5:04 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Velator

Forgot to mention the Glossy Ibis on or by the scrape.

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 2:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Caen area

Only 2 Ruff on the scrape this morning, until I looked again when in the reserve, A small wader appeared, which I tentatively thought might be a Common Sandpiper. Headed off down the river on the east bank, but the only birds of interest in the river were 2 Common Gulls. No waders at all! a few Swallows still about, 1 Kingfisher, and the usual few Little Egrets. Still 6 Cattle Egrets with the cows but at one point they all took off and went up into the trees in the reserve. Got back to find that the other birders had identified the small wader as a Little Stint! Some pics confirmed this. Kingfisher, Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtails in the river.

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 2:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An easy morning visit due to relatives arriving for a few days produced the follow. Tawny Owl, Bar -tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, 14 Stock Doves, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail and my first returning Snipe on Blaxton meadow.

As a regular birder in the area, an application has been put forward to PCC for a solar farm on Chelson Meadow. I'm all for green energy, but the proposed  area would destroy the  meadow’s best habitat for breeding & migrant birds & other wildlife. Please object & support an alternative area on the meadow which would deliver solar and protect wildlife. Visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ooJ-fkSosPfTOD3Xga3Iro1gLwgtGppvRaTbGBbO8E0/edit?usp=sharing…

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Posted September 18th, 2021 at 12:00 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Maristow ~ Osprey

Just after first light this morning a high flying Osprey seen from Maristow Quay headed own river.

Posted September 18th, 2021 at 11:04 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 17th September 2021

WANTED: Deceased birds ( especially waders and small passerines ) , EDITED .

WANTED: Deceased birds (especially waders and small passerines) , Hello , I have been growing a collection of British Natural history for the past year consisting of complete or partial bird skeletons . I'm enquiring if anyone has found any deceased birds ( ideally fresh but rotting birds may be considered )  or skeletons for them to perhaps kindly donate them to my collection . Also I do not condone the harm of any animals for the purpose of obtaining their skeleton .  I would be extremely grateful . Ideally collection in person or packaging and mail price may be considered and discussed . If you are interested please contact me on :

Twitter " @Tuftedbirder " 

or send an email to " titan07u@hotmail.com "

Many thanks, Unai

Posted September 17th, 2021 at 11:31 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Instow

Today at Instow there were two Common gulls.

Common Gull
Common Gull

Posted September 17th, 2021 at 11:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

North Devon

Andy Lansdell and I were tempted up to Watermouth Cove in the hope of Tim's Wryneck. We didn't see it. Only migrant was one Swallow! Had great views of a Fox chasing a Squirrel at the top of a rocky outcrop. Foxy Fox was out-foxed by the Squirrel! Back to Braunton and walked down the Toll Rd - no sign of the Ibis, but at least 4 Cattle Egret. Precious little else out on the DWT area. Kingfisher and Little Egrets still present. Back to Velator and at least 5 Cattle Egrets seen. Along to the scrape - 2 Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwits. I went back and while crossing the field I'm sure there were actually 6 Cattle Egrets! I did a quick tour round the reserve, and by the time I got to the scrape, there were lots more Godwits, so I cycled back along the trail and counted 29.

Posted September 17th, 2021 at 6:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A quieter day, but managed to see: single Bar- & Black-tailed Godwits, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 9 Greenshanks, 4 Turnstones, 3 Dunlins, at least 1 Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gull (1st cal year), Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & just 1 Stonechat.

Also, amongst 556 Black-headed Gulls was the adult 2J21 ringed in Essex in 2017 and seen last month here too.

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Posted September 17th, 2021 at 5:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Pottington & Bradiford Reserve

A cycle along the Tarka trail from Chivenor to Pottington. 3 vocal Chiffchaff along the side of the trail. 1 Bar tailed Godwit standing alone on the foreshore. Now 86 Black tailed Godwits at Pottington.

Still 1 Green Sandpiper on the Bradiford Reserve.



Posted September 17th, 2021 at 1:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ravens

Following on from Martins post I had 17 Ravens flying SW over my garden this morning (06:45) as I was checking out my moth trap, my first ever sighting of Raven from my garden. 

Posted September 17th, 2021 at 9:02 am by Stuart Green in Bird News

Raven

I heard a “Kronk” over my garden in Laira this morning & looked up to see 19 Ravens overhead heading SW. this is the largest number I’ve had over the house.

Posted September 17th, 2021 at 7:05 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 16th September 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still a good spread of migrants around, with the highlight being a Turtle Dove (the first here since 1999) tonight as well as Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 3+ Whinchats & both Bar- & Black-tailed Godwits. Also, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads including Polish-ringed bird + a 3rd calendar year), 16 Grey Herons, 15 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Stonechats, 24+ Stock Doves, Sparrowhawk & 3 Roe Deer.  

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Posted September 16th, 2021 at 7:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Great views of a Wryneck feeding along the coast path between the mouth of Watermouth Cove and Widmouth Head, 09.25-09.40. Not much in the way of other grounded migrants, but steady overhead passage included 185 Swallow (mostly in off the sea after 10.30), 3 Sand Martin, 19 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 34 Meadow Pipit, 8 Grey Wagtail and a single Golden Plover.

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 7:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dawlish Warren & Exminster Marsh

A quiet morning at Dawlish, 40 Goldfinch, 70+ Linnet, 2 Wheatear and 8+ Chiffchaff being the best on the land. 10 Knot, 11+ Barwit, 200+ Dunlin, 35+ Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 5 Sandwich Tern and one Juv Pergrine causing havoc. Good to see over 700 Oystercatcher too. 

Lots of Migrant Hawker and one Southern Hawker. Also 2 Small Copper, 5 Common Blue & plenty of Red Admirals.

An hour visit to Exminster mid afternoon was more productive, even with the fields being cut. Two Usual Marsh Harriers (Imm F & Juv), 2 Spoonbill (Ad & Juv), Imm Garganey, 7+ Cattle Egret & 3 Wheatear. 

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 7:48 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Braunton Toll Road

Evening cycle to the Toll house, from where it is possible to look over at Sherpa Marsh and the main pond there. I was hoping for the Spoonbill in with the Gull roost but much to my surprise, the Glossy Ibis was there instead. Supporting cast was good too: 2 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit on the Wrafton Scrape, 5 Cattle Egrets with the cows right by the reserve gate, Kingfisher and 6 Dunlin along the Pill, and on my way back a flock of 25 Black-tailed Godwits circled around a few times.

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 7:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Good day for commoner migrants with 41 Chiffchaff, 30 Blackcap, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 200 House Martin around farm. Also 18 Robin.

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 4:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lopwell Dam/Maristow 16.9.2021

At 1045 two OSPREYS soaring with a Buzzard high over Lopwell Dam woods.  After gaining height the Ospreys, still together, drifted off to the north.  At 1130 one Osprey appeared from over the reservoir and soared for a few minutes before returning to the north.

A very noisy roost gathering of at least 21 RAVENS in trees just south of Maristow House for 30 minutes or so about 1100.  About 50 SWALLOWS on wires at Maristow Farm about 1030, and three COMMON SANDPIPERS on the estuary.

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 3:14 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Wrafton

1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and a few Shoveler on the scrape this morning. 5 Cattle Egrets in with the mobile cows. In the reserve, Jay again, Kingfisher, female Teal and GSW, Grey Wagtail in the river.

Posted September 16th, 2021 at 1:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 15th September 2021

West Charleton Marsh

Turtle Dove seen this evening

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 8:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

WANTED: DECEASED BIRDS ( especially waders )

WANTED: Deceased birds ( especially waders ) , Hello , I have been growing a collection of British Natural history for the past year consisting of complete or partial bird skeletons . I'm enquiring if anyone has found any deceased birds ( ideally fresh but rotting birds may be considered )  or skeletons for them to perhaps kindly donate them to my collection . I would be extremely grateful . Ideally collection in person or packaging and mail price may be considered and discussed . If you are interested please contact me on :

Twitter " @Tuftedbirder

or send an email to " titan07u@hotmail.com "

Many thanks, Unai .

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 8:21 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Soar

A good spread of migrants today including: Firecrest, 1 or 2 Hobbies, c40 Wheatears, 2 Redstarts, 2 Whinchats, 6 Spotted Flycatchers, Pied Flycatcher, 7+ Yellow Wagtails, Reed Warbler, 8 Willow Warblers (including 1 showing characteristics of acredula), Reed Warbler, White Wagtail & 5 Sand Martins. Also, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bullfinch & 2 Roe Deer.  

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 5:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Early visit this morning 2 Ruff on the scrape and 6 Cattle Egrets with the cows Kingfisher down the river. Just got back from a quick visit this evening: 3 Ruff and as I approached, 3 other birders were looking out and as I arrived one of them uttered the magic words "Glossy Ibis" ! Lovely to see in the afternoon sunshine.

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 5:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar & Southdown Valley

Today's tally included 25 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, Whinchat, 80 Swallow, 100 House Martin, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, Hobby, 50 House Sparrow, 9 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and another Nuthatch moving up through Starehole. 2 Tree Pipit (P.Sanders).

Non-avian: major influx of 147+ Red Admiral, Wall Brown, Migrant Hawker & 40 Common Darter.

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two Spoonbill seen from opposite Lions Rest at lunchtime before everything disturbed by far mercy moving cattle onto the marsh.
11 Cattle Egrets seen from railway line footpath at about 3.00 pm

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 3:48 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Jenny cliff nr Plymouth

Wryneck briefly.

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 3:13 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Exmouth, - Mudbank

Mudbank -GLOSSY IBIS late morning over lunchtime - feeding mainly in the outlet of Withycombe Brook close to railway bridge.

2 Spoonbill, 500+ Wigeon, 45 Pintail all spooked by 3 paddle boarders.  For information restrictions come into force today (15th) banning entry on the water to the Exmouth eel-grass beds 

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 2:44 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Bratton Fleming and Wrafton scrape

Out yesterday near Bratton Fleming while photographing a Spotted Flycatcher and a Chiffchaff a Great Spotted Woodpecker landed in a tree above. Later I moved on the Wrafton pond (no birds there) though life on the scrape was much better.  Two Ruffs, a few female Shovelers and around 17.00 hours six Cattle Egret flew-in and landed on the far side.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Four of the six Cattle Egret
Four of the six Cattle Egret

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 9:49 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bratton Fleming

Out yesterday near Bratton Fleming where these two in the photos caught my attention and while photographing them a Great Spotted Woodpecker landed in a tree above. 

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 15th, 2021 at 9:41 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 14th September 2021

Bowling green and Exminster marshes

While day spent at both locations, starting to get those body winter numbers. No counts as there was just so many.

Bowling green. Rising tide to high

Curlew sandpiper, knot, curlew, whimbrel, redshank  black tail and bar tail godwit, pintail, teal, wigeon, mallard, little grebe, little egret, grey heron, lapwing, Canada geese, female Marsh harrier, hobby, sparrowhawk, jackdaw, crows, green dngr4at spotted woodpecker, black head gull, herring gulls, kingfisher, 

Exminster marshes falling tide.

Great white egret, grey heron, little egret, kingfisher pair, black tail godwit, black head gull, a murmuration of starlings, comorant, mute Swan, dunlin, black swans, wheater, curlew. The two spoonbill asleep in the area opposite the lion rest building, at a distance.

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 4:48 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Velator

Poor results from a late start ringing in the reserve - 10 birds ringed best being 3 Blackcaps, 2 Coal Tits, a Blackbird and a Song Thrush. 2 Peregrines over together. Later at the scrape 6 Cattle Egrets loafing and 2 Ruff (M/F) feeding strongly.

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 4:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

The reported Pectoral Sandpiper was in the flooded area of the field the runs down to the marsh early this afternoon.

At least five Yellow Wagtails in with the cattle, two Wheatear, on the beach and rocks numerous Pied Wagtail and Rock Pipit along with a single Whearear.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Little Stint which circulated Blaxton Meadow on the high tide, and then dropped in was my first at the Meadow since 1998!  Also, today, 11 Greenshanks, 6 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), 2+ Stonechats & 2 Roe Deer.

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A proposed solar farm would destroy Chelson Meadow’s best habitat for breeding & migrant birds & other wildlife. Much of the wildlife seen in the wider Plym Estuary & Saltram site, relies on this adjacent area. Please object & support an alternative which would deliver solar and protect wildlife. Visit docs.google.com/document/d/1oo

Please encourage others to do the same.

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Glossy Ibis South Efford Marsh

Glossy Ibis seen at South Efford Marsh 10.45am feeding at high tide. Also sandpipers, green shank, kingfisher, grey heron, cormorants, egrets.

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 11:02 am by Verity Jepson in Bird News

Velator

Early walk along to the scrape : 2 Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Godwits along with several Shoveler. Large (20ish) flock of Long-tailed Tits. From the bridge over the river 4 Cattle Egrets then a fifth dropped in. Dipper in the river.

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 8:18 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Spoonbills

Yesterday at Exminster marshes around 4pm, 2 Spoonbills flew over towards the Ex. lovely sighting.


Posted September 14th, 2021 at 8:00 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

South Milton Sands early Morn

Lots of birds on the beach @ South Milton early morning before the dog walkers. Dunlin, Turnstones, Rock Pipits and a Wheatear

Dunlin
Dunlin
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted September 14th, 2021 at 5:41 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Monday 13th September 2021

Velator

Still 7 Cattle Egrets this evening with the cows between the Tarka Trail and the reserve. Still a bit flighty, but at one point apparently they took off and landed in trees in the reserve. That means that Cattle Egret can officially go on the reserve list!

Posted September 13th, 2021 at 6:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

Counted  54 Black tailed Godwits & 1 Bar tailed foraging in the mud.

A flock of 45 Dunlin flew past attracted by the foraging activity. In amongst the flock was one with a white rump - Curlew Sandpiper, also one Knot

Fortunately, after a few circuits they alighted amongst the Godwits. It then started raining soon after I got the camera out of the bag! 



Posted September 13th, 2021 at 6:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East Soar

A quieter morning with just Whinchat, Wheatear, 60 Swallow, 6 White Wagtail, 80 Meadow Pipit, 3 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 17 Stonechat, 30 House Sparrow & Grey Heron over.

Non-avian: influx of 39 Red Admiral.

Posted September 13th, 2021 at 3:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Still things arriving: a drake Gadwall on Wrafton Pond and the cygnets making a wheezy call not unlike a Crane! 2 Ruff out on the scrape and a Kingfisher over it. As I crossed the river into the field, I could see an Egret or two with the Cattle. Aha I thought 1 of each again? Well no, they were both Cattle Egrets and further scrutiny revealed a total of 7! So I quickly called Sue, but then as I neared the reserve, they all flew off South! Another quick call to say they'd gone (that's spin for I flushed them!) Jay and GSW still in the reserve but a female Teal frantically chasing flies on the pond provided entertainment as I drank my coffee. As I was leaving I could see the cattle and an Egret or three, and they had all come back. Fortunately Sue was by the gate with her telescope and had seen them. 2 Grey Wagtails in the river, 2 Swallows over the cattle and a Little Egret plus male Stonechat too.

Posted September 13th, 2021 at 1:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Yesterday morning was again an early start for me as I arrived at Wrafton pond just after sunrise.  To start there were just three Ruffs, a few female Shovelers and a female Pintail. As the morning progressed the birds increased. A Cattle Egret dropped in for a short time, a Greenshank too and Jon Turner counted 22 Black-tailed Godwits.  In the long grass adjacent to the scrape a single Snipe tried to hide itself from on lookers.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 13th, 2021 at 10:41 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 12th September 2021

Osprey Devon Maristow

Blue tag left leg 683


Posted September 12th, 2021 at 9:56 pm by shane willson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

17.55

Good views of a Wryneck in scrub towards Sandy Point. 

Also, 3 Knot, Common Sandpiper, 5 Wheatears, 4 juv Pheasants and a Whitethroat. Grey Seal at the Point. 

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 9:36 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Dotterel East Soar

A Dotterel over the airfield at Soar 

Dotterel
Dotterel
Dotterel
Dotterel

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 8:11 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton and East Soar

Distant Hoopoe @ Slapton between Memorial car park & Strete. On the path several times flushed by joggers. At East Soar two waders flew over the airfield, a Dotterel and a Ringed Plover. Several flycatchers in the willows 2 pied and at least 3 spotted. A Redstart and a Hobby. lots of Chiffchaffs and a few Willow warblers.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 8:09 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow & Plym Estuary.

A visit at high tide produced a Cattle Egret on Blaxton meadow, along with 16 Little Egret, 11Greenshank, 10 Oystercatcher and 2 common Sandpiper. By the wreck on the sea wall on the estuary were 149 redshank and a lone Dunlin. 

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 6:44 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip Sunday

Trip out into Lyme Bay on Kelly's Hero Charters delivered the following: 8 Med Gulls - all ages, 60 Kittiwakes , 600+ Common Terns - 90% juveniles in flocks of 100+ , 4 Arctic Terns, 20 Sandwich Tens, Great Skua, 2 Purple Sandpipers, Peregrine chasing Common Terns, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 50+ Common Dolphins, 12 Harbour Porpoise.

Common Tern
Common Tern
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 6:06 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Morning visit - Spoonbill, 2 Little Stints, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, good number of Dunlin, Ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harriers (fem and juv), a young Merlin , 2 Wheatears and a fem type Redstart near Toby's

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 4:49 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

1000-1340:

On the high tide this morning, a 1st winter Little Gull on the tip of Warleigh Point in with a flock of Herring gull and Black headed gulls, lost to view after 10 minutes. Also, 4 Sandwich Tern diving for tiddlers, 4 Great Crested grebe, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap. 

Ernesettle Creek on the falling tide: 92 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, and a Kingfisher.

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar

A great morning at Soar with the highlight being a Wryneck, (presumably the same as Rob's bird yesterday?) initially at the bottom of Stare Hole Valley but very mobile. Worked its way up the west side of the valley then looped back again.

Also a good spread of common migrants including 5 Wheatear, 2 Whinchats, a Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, 10 Tree Pipits, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 or 4 White Wagtails, 30+ Chiffchaffs, at least 3 Willow Warblers, c12 Blackcaps, c15 Whitethroats and 2 Sedge Warblers etc. Lots about! 

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 3:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Velator

Pleased to see some Godwits on the scrape this morning - counted about 30 before they were flushed by a cow heading into the pond for a drink. 2 Ruff (M/F) and 5 Shoveler there too. Also, both Little and Cattle Egrets out with the cattle. In the reserve, Kingfisher (or 2?) GSW and once again, a Jay. Lots of small birds - probably a roving Tit-flock, included Blue and Great Tit, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. several Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 3:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary

From the kayak: 29 Greenshank, 12 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Raven.

Hoopoe reported at Slapton.

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 12:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Instow

Saturday evening on Instow beach. Low light (after sunset) photography on the rock near the cricket ground.  Standing still for a while was well worth the wait as Dunlin came in real close, just within a few metres and they were all around me.  There were also a small number of Ringed Plover.

Dunlin
Dunlin
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted September 12th, 2021 at 2:05 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 11th September 2021

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Morning visit - 1 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover and 9 Dunlin on the Drakelands Pit. 

Highlight was a Grasshopper Warbler skulking in gorse at the top of Crownhill Down.

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 6:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wrafton scrape and Velator

4 ruff on scrape and cattle egret hanging out with little egret at Velator 

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 5:36 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Velator

Only 2 Ruff seen this morning out on the scrape. Best bird in the reserve was a Jay (one or two sightings per year) But news of a Blackbird ringed in the reserve in Nov 2019 - retrapped in Norway in August this year. That's a long flight North.

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 3:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit this morning produced: Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Whinchats, 4 + Stonechats, Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Sand Martin, 11 Greenshanks, c150 Redshanks, 11 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 11 Shelducks (10 juvs) & 2 Shags. 

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A morning visit turned up a Wryneck just below Starehole Ponds (prob.same bird as on the 6th), adult Yellow-legged Gull with 200 Herrings & 3 Lesser Black-backs, a Teal in Southdown Valley (1st land record for 25 years), 3 Kestrel, 70 Swallow, Sand Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 24 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher, 50 House Sparrow & Bullfinch.

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 2:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

At 12.30 ish today on the river bank off Anchor Wood were two Green Sandpiper, one Curlew and many gulls. No camera but a very good close-up view of the pipers.

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 2:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery Spotted flycatcher

Spotted flycatcher in Ford Park Cemetery this morning



Posted September 11th, 2021 at 11:47 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

10/09/21 South Milton

13 Dunlin on the beach at South Milton sands, lots of Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails

Dunlin
Dunlin
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted September 11th, 2021 at 6:03 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Friday 10th September 2021

Radford Lake

Over the last 2 afternoons at Radford lake. Kingfisher, Heron, Moorhen,, Juvenile Yellow-legged gull, adult and juvenile Med gull, Little Grebe, Mute Swans with youngster.

Eds - this appears to be a Herring Gull.

Male Kingfisher
Male Kingfisher
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 9:31 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Exminster Marsh and the estuary

Starcross to Countesswear produced:

- in Powderham Park, the Great Egret;

- in the estuary, 20+ Avocets, 15+ Greenshanks and 10+ Ringed Plovers;

- between the cycle bridge and Turf, 3 Wheatears;

- on the canal banks, 3 Water Rails and a Reed Warbler;

- on and over the marsh, 5 Cattle Egrets, 2 Spoonbills, 2 Hobbies, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Back in Exeter, the local Sparrowhawk made it a 6-raptor, 75-spp. day. 

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 9:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

09:31 - 11:03

Spoonbill (2); Curlew; Whimbrel; Pintail; Gadwall; Shoveler; Teal; Wigeon; Little Grebe; Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit; Snipe; Peregrine making a couple of passes over the Marsh; leucistic Black-headed Gull we’re the highlights.

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 8:25 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exminster Marsh lunchtime vidit

2 Spoonbill back on Exminster at Midday. Also 4 Cattle Egret, by canal north of fisherman’s car park, Garganey, 3 Hobby, 5 Ruff, 2 Little Stint and Juv Marsh Harrier. Also 100+ Teal and 30+ Dunlin. 

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 7:45 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plymouth estuary

Walking embankment Road at low tide  was lovely to see 13 turnstone by the yacht club as well as 12 shelducks. Also seen 2 whimbrel, c4 curlews, 6 little egrets, 2 comorants, 1 heron, variety of gulls. And some type of small sandpiper but nothing to see it closer 

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 7:44 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Braunton/Wrafton

Looked in at the scrape on my way to the reserve this afternoon where there were 4 Ruff - 3 males 1 female. Also a Shoveler. Reserve quiet, so I walked down the river embankment as far as the old landing light gantry. Over on the Chivenor boundary wire, a Whinchat with a family party of Stonechats. A single Dunlin near the pillbox but further on a group which then flew to the other side of the river- I counted 44. Nothing else with them Some way on a lone Greenshank. A scattering of Little Egrets. On the way back 12 Pied Wagtails with the cattle, and a Common Sandpiper at the start of the harbour. 2 Grey Wagtails in the river by the bridge. Only 1 Swallow seen.

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 7:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This morning, pair of Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Peregrine, 2 Spoonbills, Cattle Egrets, Heron, Reed Buntings, flock of Goldfinches.

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 4:33 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

West Soar

Morning walk down the valley to South Down Farm. Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk. 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 14 Robins, ca 150 Goldfinches (counted from photos)

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 3:11 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Six Little Stint (four on Monday, two on Tuesday, so presumably some new birds), Two adult Sanderling, 20 Dunlin and eight Ringed Plover on the Drakelands Pit viewed from the top of Crownhill Down. Scope essential.

Little Egret on pool at the top of Crownhill Down was a patch year tick. 

Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 10:15 am by Chris E, Peter Reay and Dave in Bird News

Horsey - late post

09/09/2021 - early evening.

2 Grey Plover, one still in sumplum & a flock of Black tailed Godwits flying into the reserve around 19.30 joined by some more after the photo was taken.



Posted September 10th, 2021 at 9:54 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

North Devon Osprey

Osprey over Isley Marsh 09.15 this morning. 

Posted September 10th, 2021 at 9:28 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Thursday 9th September 2021

Lundy crossing

On the Lundy crossing from Bideford  there was one Great Skua harassing Gannet. Possibly the same bird seen on the return journey. 

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 7:43 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Three Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and a Sanderling feeding just up from the river mouth.

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 7:27 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a visit this afternoon: 4 Whinchats, 3+ Stonechats, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 3 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

BGM and Exminster Marshes

Over the morning hide tide, Bowling Green Marsh held lots of birds, but nothing very unusual: 62+ Pintail, 6 Shoveler, Pochard, 2 Lapwing, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank. Over the centre of Topsham, a Hobby chased a group of Starlings. At Exminster Marshes, 2 Spoonbills (ad+juv), G W Egret, 5 Cattle Egrets, juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobbies chasing dragonflies, 2 Little Stints and 2 Ruff.

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 3:32 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0630-1430 combined totals ML & MD: An incredible passage of 2,313 Common Terns 90%+ juveniles,  11 Arctic Terns all juvs, 13 Sandwich Terns, 1 Black Tern, 21 Arctic Skuas, 4 Great Skua, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 41 Balearic Shearwaters, lots of Kittiwake and Gannets. many Common Dolphin, c10 Harbour Porpoise 1 Grey Seal and a Common Seal.

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 12:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Report of the Mid Devon Branch Field Meet at Exminster Marshes, 6th September 2021

Walking from the RSPB car park, a warm and misty morning start produced a sleeping Spoonbill among cattle in the water meadow. A Water Rail was heard calling and a Marsh Harrier remained perched on a wood fence waiting for the sun to appear. A female Reed Bunting and a Sedge Warbler were seen moving about in the same bush. Willow Warblers were calling from the trees over the road and a single Cattle Egret was found feeding in the pasture. Viewing the scrape from a vantage point in the sun on the canal path we picked out a couple of Little Stints moving back and forward feeding in the mud at the water's edge, in proximity to a very active Ruff combing the mud in the shallows. A flock of Godwits flew into the scrape to rest in the water and preen. The scrape contained another two Spoonbills and a Spotted Redshank newly arrived from the arctic taiga breeding grounds. The bird took to the air and circled the scrape, being joined by another for a fast flight away in the direction of the estuary. When a dark morph Marsh Harrier flew into view before landing on the ground and disappearing, a Hobby emerged zigzagging across the pasture and over the scrape in search of its prey. Further along the canal path to the Turf pub, an Osprey could be seen nearby in the estuary perched on driftwood in the sand at low tide. A walk back to the cars produced a Kestrel hovering over the fields.

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 8:53 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

08/09/2021 East Soar

Lots of Sand Martins around the farm, a Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher near the pond, 1 Yellow wagtail, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, hundreds of Linnets, a Sparrowhawk, a few Whitethroats, a Blackcap and some really heavy showers

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted September 9th, 2021 at 6:15 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

An exciting late afternoon walk up the valley with a juvenile Marsh Harrier quartering the slopes and a mobile Red-backed Shrike below the quarry. Both unexpected!  Also, good numbers of Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcaps about, plus a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and the usual Linnets, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Dipper etc.

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 7:48 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a break in the rain this afternoon: 3 Sand Martins, 6 Whinchats, 7 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide this morning just before the high tide, up to six Little Grebe, the closest ones to the hide feeding on Sticklebacks, two Knott, ducks species inc a drake Pochard, several Pintail and five Shoveller.

Good numbers of BH Gull, one LBB Gull, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit, and Redshank.

Sixteen Lapwing flew in, seven Avocet, small numbers of Whimbrell.


Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 3:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Egrets plus ......

Exminster marsh this morning, several very pleased observers viewing across the marsh from the canal bank, two Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, two Spoonbill, numerous Little Egrets, Heron, adult female Marsh Harrier, several Little Stint.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret
Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 2:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Horsey > Caen Estuary

A beautiful calm & warm (20C) early morning around the high tide starting at Velator Quay with 2 Grey Wagtails + 2 Kingfishers.

On Horsey 2 more Kingfishers, 2 Wheatear & 5 Greenshank, also Swallows feeding low over the water.

No sign of the Osprey but may still be around on another part of the Taw Estuary.



Posted September 8th, 2021 at 11:13 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

2 Wheatear on the sea wall at Powderham and a Female Marsh Harrier seen from the cycle bridge

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 9:51 am by Paul Thearle in Bird News

Slapton

Lots of Kittiwakes at Slapton, a few Med gulls and Skuas and shearwaters far out to sea

Kittiwake
Kittiwake
Mediterranean Gull and Black-Headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull and Black-Headed Gull

Posted September 8th, 2021 at 6:51 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Tuesday 7th September 2021

Exminster Marshes

Cycled from Powderham church to Exminster Marshes this morning. 3 species of Egret, with the Great White Egret in the middle of the marsh and 3 Cattle Egrets just past the fisherman's car park. Good views of a Kingfisher by Turf.

Posted September 7th, 2021 at 9:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Soar

A sprinkling of migrants today including: 22 Wheatears, 7 Yellow, 3 White & 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Sand Martins, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Whinchats, Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Willow Warblers & 4 Snipe. Also, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Sparrowhawk. 

Posted September 7th, 2021 at 5:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam

Three roosting  Goosanders this morning were the first here since 9 Jul and the first autumn returns (but from where?). Flew downriver at 0711. Also six Teal and 21 Mallard. On the dam itself, several species making appearances included Spotted Flycatcher and two White Wagtails. No Sparrowhawk or Kestrel today, but on 3 Sep there were two juvs of each perched on the outer 'steps'. Also three Whinchat on the walk back to Shipley.

Sparrowhawks, 3 Sep
Sparrowhawks, 3 Sep
Goosanders at dawn, 7 Sep
Goosanders at dawn, 7 Sep

Posted September 7th, 2021 at 2:07 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Crownhill Down

This morning a Wryneck seen on the bridlepath together with a solitary Wheatear and Whinchat and several Stonechats, 2 Ravens and a Jay. Dunlin, Little Stints, Sanderlings and Ringed Plovers on Tungsten West Lake.

Wryneck
Wryneck
Wryneck
Wryneck

Posted September 7th, 2021 at 12:34 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Monday 6th September 2021

Seaton Marshes

At lunchtime today were 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Water Rail, 2 Ruff, c75 Redshank, c40 Curlew, and single figures each of Blackwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:46 pm by J in Bird News

East Prawle area

100+ Swallows, 60+ House Martin’s, 6 Sand Martin’s, 5 Swift’s at East Prawle Village.  In the surrounding areas, 4 Wheatears, 5 Spot Fly, 2 Pied Fly, 6 Whinchat, 12 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffs, Hobby, RB Shrike amongst the usual birds.  Mixed flock of 120+ Linnets and Goldfinch feeding on the thistles. 

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:45 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

17:46 - 19:02 

Avocet (1), Black and Bar-Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Ruff, Pintail, Wigeon,  LBBG, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull were the highlights.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:06 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Good numbers of Whinchats (6) & Greenshanks (11) this evening; also 2 Wheatears, Whitethroat, 5 Stonechats & an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Around 60 Teal and 1 Osprey.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 6:36 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

East Soar

Best today was Wryneck just south of the ponds in Starehole valley plus Nuthatch moving west up through Starehole Valley. Also: Grey Heron over, Sparrowhawk, 12 Stock Dove, 40 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 19 Wheatear, Whinchat, 15 Robin (small influx), 2 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 9 Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 200 Rook, 37 Goldfinch, Bullfinch & 140 Linnet.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury

Osprey over the village at 11:15, heading towards the Yealm estuary. Looking at the time of the sighting, it was probably the same bird reported over Hooe Lake.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 12:46 pm by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Home Farm Marsh

4 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfisher , 1 Common Sandpiper , 200+ Dunlin , 12 Ringed Plovers , 3 Turnstones , 2 Little Stints , 12 Swallows , 4 House martins & 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Little Stint
Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 12:02 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Radford Lake. Plymouth

A lot of commotion over Hooe lake and radford. Was looking for a sparrowhawk as the culprit. In fact it was a osprey flying around and headed south, could not see any rings.

Also on the lake and around.

King Fisher, egret, heron, little grebe, mite Swan, mallards, black head gull  herring gull, LBB gull, goldcrest, blue, great and l.t tits. Robins, dunnock, gs woodpecker, Jay. 

Also in the lake I spotted a few alive and dead terrapins, not sure if its known of their presence. 

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 11:34 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Ruff (juv until 0750, no sign since), 4 Little Stint still, 1 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover on Drakelands Pit, viewed from top of Crownhill Down. Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit over.

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 9:09 am by Chris E in Bird News

Slapton 05/09/21

Lots of Balearic Shearwaters quite close in at times, Arctic Skua, lots of terns, Common and Sandwich, Kittiwakes and a common gull.

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:27 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Widworthy

In the garden yesterday 

Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit

Posted September 6th, 2021 at 8:24 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Sunday 5th September 2021

The Beacon, Braunton

21:00 tonight a male Tawny Owl heard calling from the wooded area of the Beacon, West Hill, Braunton.  No answering call from ant female.  

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 9:04 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Soar

A modest spread of migrants today including: Redstart, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 11 Wheatears, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Sand Martins, Golden Plover, Snipe & 4 Dunlins.

Also both Stoat  & Weasel & a Painted Lady.

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington quay

Never seen one before then two appear together - Little Stint. Also saw some Turnstones, Ring Plover and Dunlin.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 6:22 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exe Estuary

A cycle along the Exe this morning from the fisherman’s car park at Exminster to Dawlish Warren and back gave, female Sparrowhawk, Little Stint, Garganey, two Marsh Harrier juvenile and adult female (several sightings) Black Swan, Kingfisher, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Little Egret, Heron, Great White Egret, Common Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Redshank, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Kestrel, Stonechat, large numbers of Swallow all over the estuary and a Snow Goose along with approx 150 Canada Geese at Cockwood.

Bar Tailed Godwit
Bar Tailed Godwit
Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 5:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Sands

c150 Balearic Shearwaters in the bay this morning. Sometimes just a couple hundred meters offshore and resting on sea off memorial. Also 50 plus each of Sandwich and Common Terns. Many hundreds more terns, probable Common, distant offshore. Also Arctic Skua, Great Skua, c300 Kittiwakes, 5 Turnstones and Whimbrel. Lots of Mediterranean Gullls, all ages.

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 5:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

1 Leucistic Redshank & 1 Curlew Sandpiper in the gulley opposite Pottington Industrial Estate. Can be seen from the Tarka trail.

1 Green Sandpiper in Bradiford Reserve.



Posted September 5th, 2021 at 3:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Great 2 hours at Exminster Marsh this morning. Spoonbill 2 (Ad, Juv), Garganey 2, Marsh Harrier 2 (Juv, Imm F), 5 Ruff, 2+ Little Stint, 2 Green Sand, Sp Redshank, 150+ Curlew, 150 Blackwits, 2 Greenshank, 50+ Teal, 8 Shoveler & a Snipe 

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 9:43 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

4th September Wrafton Scrape

Popped down to the scrape this afternoon hoping to see the Mandarin duck. No luck, but one spoonbill and 4 Ruff were ample consolation. 

Posted September 5th, 2021 at 6:11 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Saturday 4th September 2021

Slapton

Large passage of birds this afternoon including at least 20 Sandwich, 7 Common, 2 Arctic and 3 Black Terns.  40 Kittiwakes and 10 Med Gulls in various plumages.  

Posted September 4th, 2021 at 6:15 pm by G & L Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Whinchats this afternoon with 2 Wheatears & 7 Stonechats. Otherwise water birds pretty unexceptional but 7 Greenshanks still about. 

Posted September 4th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Curlew Sandpiper, Dawlish

Curlew Sandpiper, Nocturnal flight call heard over Lea mount Park 3/9/21 at 11.40PM

Posted September 4th, 2021 at 5:19 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

1 f Wheatear during a walk on the Burrows this morning

An abundance of Butterflies inc Common Blue (very good numbers on Water Mint, Purple Loosestrife & Common Fleabane & one in the garden on the rockery at lunchtime),Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, & GateKeeper.

Lots of berries on Hawthorn bushes for the thrushes.

Dead Grey Squirrel on one of the numerous sandy tracks (photo 2)

Photo 1 - Female Common Blue



Posted September 4th, 2021 at 4:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Fremington Pill , Quay & Home Farm Marsh

Fremington Pill .

7 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Kingfisher , 1 Common Sandpiper.

Fremington Quay.

4 Black-tailed Godwits , 50 Dunlin , 10 Ringed Plovers , 2 Sanderlings , 3 Turnstones , 3 Little Stints , 1 Whimbrel.

Along the Taw .

3 Swallows , 4 Kingfishers , 30+ Dunlins , 4 Ring Plovers , 2 Common Sandpipers.

Little Stint.
Little Stint.

Posted September 4th, 2021 at 3:10 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

An early morning visit didn't produce much, as in passage birds, but the best of the rest was a Tree Pipit, Kingfisher, Dipper, a flock c250 Goldfinch over Chelson meadow near the Ride put up by a female Sparrowhawk. Also a good passage of House Martin & Swallow (mixed flock). at least c250 over Saltram House and a constant movement of birds all heading East while I was there. The total must of been over 600+

Posted September 4th, 2021 at 1:16 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 3rd September 2021

Aylsebeare Common

Stopped off at Aylsebeare Common today where this lovely Dartford warble was seen.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 11:25 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

caspian tern at Dawlish

possible sighting off Dawlish 17.15 3rd September 2021

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 8:20 pm by Geoff Tilbury in Bird News

Bere Ferrers / river Tavy

1310-1630:

Two, possibly three Ospreys seen this afternoon. One Osprey perched in a dead tree at 1315 at the New Barn farm end of the Tavy railway bridge. Later on, one Osprey seen twice diving into the Tavy, then it was joined by another and they both drifted off circling high over Bere Ferrers / Blaxton Wood / river Tavy area. 2 record shots, 1 digiscoped from 700 metres. 

Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 7:31 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

In terrible light this eve 4 Little Stint (others saw 6 earlier in the day) and about 30 Dunlin in the Drakelands Pit. Whinchat on Down too.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 7:18 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier and 2 Wood Sandpiper present this morning at right of lagoon seen from canal bank.  Singles of Hobby and Spoonbill reported earlier by others.

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 5:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Soar

A morning's visit produced: c35 Wheatears, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Willow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 8 Sand Martins, Tree Pipit, 2 each of White & Grey Wagtails, 3 Dunlin (over), Sparrowhawk & a Roe Deer. 

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 5:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A cool, grey, breezy morning was enlivened  by a male Merlin flying fast over the fields. Also: 10 Alba Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 9 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch & 30 Goldfinch.

Non-avian: 47 Autumn Lady's Tresses.

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

A good early morning seawatch 0630-0900hrs: 1294 'comic' Terns light and distance made id near impossible but suspect mostly Common Terns; 2 Arctic Tern (juvs), 25 Common Tern, 28 Sandwich Tern, 45 Balearic Shearwaters >N 26 >S, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar 20+ Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 1 Y-l Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, several hundred Kittiwake,2 Common Scoter and 3+ Harbour Porpoise., 

Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 1:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank at the pill this morning.


Posted September 3rd, 2021 at 12:59 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Thursday 2nd September 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this morning's low tide produced: juv Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 21 Little Egrets, 35 Mandarin Ducks, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats, Bullfinch, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 7:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Eight Little Stint, 4 Sanderling, 29 Dunlin and 6 Ringed Plover all in the flooded Drakelands Pit at the top of Crownhill Down this eve. Scope essential.

Whinchat and 2 Wheatear at base of Down.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 7:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Exe Estuary - Exton

An Osprey was on a post mid-estuary viewed from Exton Station.   This is the second day at this location on a rising neap tide, and seems to sit there for longish periods.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 6:56 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Med Gulls - Taw Estuary

A short, late afternoon cycle along the Tarka Trail produced 53 Med. gulls resting on the shore plus 4 greenshank in the bay near Heanton Court. Also 36 widgeon adjacent to the garden centre, a dozen or so teal at Bradiford Reserve, plus a mix of godwits, some dunlin and curlews etc at various points.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 5:42 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir Mid - Morning Walk

25 Species recorded, Birds of note, Raven 2, Greenshank 2, Grey Heron 1, Common Sandpiper 3, Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 2, Little Egret 1, Goldcrest 5, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 3, Treecreeper 1, Little Grebe 7, Ruff 1, Swallow 1 and Buzzard 2.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 5:09 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Home Farm Marsh

Taw-Torridge estuary/ Isley Marsh,

3 Wheatear, 29 Curlew, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Cormorant, 7 Herring Gull, around 10 Black Headed Gull, 1 Great Black Backed Gull 8 Little Egrets and 1 Spoonbill.

Home Farm Marsh,

From Bird Hide 64 Teal and 5 Mallard.

Salt Pill Duck Pond,

52 Mallard, 9 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Mute Swan and one Coot.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 4:03 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Home Farm Marsh

200 plus Dunlin , 30 ish Ringed Plovers , 6 Herons , 4 Knot , 4 Sanderings ,3 Greenshanks , 1 Marsh Harrier & 1 hunting juvenile Peregrine. 

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 3:48 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Velator

Nought of note on the scrape, but pleased to see 2 Grey Wagtails, a Kingfisher and a Dipper in the river from the bridge to the reserve. Not often that I record all three there! over the reserve several each of Swallow and House Martin.

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 12:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton sands

Yesterday while in South Devon I dropped into Slapton sand. Black swan and a few Tufted ducks on the lake. On the beach were a number of sea birds including: a couple of Med. gulls; a common gull; some GBB gulls; a number of Kittiwakes; a couple of common terns and a good number of Sandwich Terns.

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Kittiwake
Med Gull

Posted September 2nd, 2021 at 2:37 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

09:41 - 13:59 Highlights….

Viewing platform: 1 Osprey on post mid-river, near Exton for nearly an hour; Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Shelduck,Curlew, Oystercatcher.

Matsh from hide: Teal, Wigeon, Kingfisher (1 male), Marsh Harrier (1 female), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Snipe (3), Sand Martin, House Martin 

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 8:57 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Five Little Stint still in the Drakelands Pit this eve. Also 2 Sanderling fresh in today. 12 Ringed Plover and 31 Dunlin. 2 Wheatear, about 60 Swallow and 20 Sand Martin feeding at the base of Crownhill Down.

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 8:46 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel

Juvenile Osprey again from the yacht club, also 5 Common Sandpipers, 32 Curlew and an amazing 13 Spotted Flycatchers along the edge of the river taking shelter from the stiff NE breeze! 6 Harbour (Common) Seals 

    Osprey Dart Est Osprey Dart Est

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Braunton Village

We've had a young male Sparrowhawk harassing the sparrows at the feeder of late & so far he's been unsuccessful. Today's sortie kept up the 100% failure record and ended up with it resting, and recce'ing for further targets, from our neighbours rooftop. A short while later it locked on and arrowed off eastwards low & fast. 

Sparrowhawk,  I think he sees me!
Sparrowhawk, I think he sees me!
Sparrowhawk locked on, pre-launch.
Sparrowhawk locked on, pre-launch.

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 5:30 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Soar & South Huish Marsh

Although generally quieter for migrants than of late, an Icterine Warbler showed well for a few minutes around the isolated small barn to the east of East Soar Farm. Otherwise, around Soar, 17 Yellow Wagtails, 20 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Willow Warblers & a Reed Warbler.

Later, South Huish Marsh produced: 2 Wood Sandpipers, single Bar- & Black-tailed godwits, 11 Dunlins, Snipe, 3 Ringed Plovers, c10 Sand Martins, a White & 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 5 Wheatears & a Swift. 

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 4:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Taw-Torridge estuary/ Isley Marsh

Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Whimbrels, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, around 10 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron and a Spoonbill.

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 3:45 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Braunton area

Stared with a quick look at the scrape - 2 female Pintail still. Then walked south from the reserve on the East bank of the Caen.1 Little Egret on the way to the Toll House. In the field with cattle south of the reserve, 8 Curlew. Then a couple of Pied Wagtails but a closer look also revealed 2 juvenile Yellow Wagtails. Good sized roost of Herring Gulls and Canada Geese by the main pond at Sherpa, plus a Cormorant, 2 Little Egrets and a Spoonbill! Never seen one here before, presumably the one Rob saw in the Caen yesterday. By the new pool just beyond Sherpa a Green Sandpiper, the habitat  there looks ideal for a Spotted Crake. (I can dream) Walked on down to the estuary, but waders few and far between - 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover and a few Curlew. 1 Kestrel was the only bird of prey. Back at the river before the reserve, a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher. Not very many Swallows, and one Sand Martin.

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh (yesterday)

It was like Noah’s Ark yesterday at Exminster Marsh. 2 Garganey, 2 little Stint (Juvs), 2 Ruff, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier (Juv & young F) but sadly just the one Hobby. Also 52 Teal, 5 Shoveler & 12+ Snipe. Juv Harrier is a stunning bird. 

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 10:53 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exminster marshes 0700-0900

An early morning couple of hours at the marshes, mostly scoping from the towpath. Yesterday's two Little Stints were still present and were joined by a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at 0830. A supporting cast of Ruff, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier and Garganey (on the pool near to the Fisherman's car park) plus all the 'usual' stuff made for some enjoyable birding.

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 10:39 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Taw-Torridge estuary/ Isley Marsh

14 Ringed Plover, 29 Dunlin, 15 Oystercatchers, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Black Headed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 1 Great Black Backed Gull and a Cormorant.

Posted September 1st, 2021 at 10:17 am by Barnabas in Bird News

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