Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2021

2020 Records request

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

·        Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·        Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

          Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

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

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

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS - UPDATE

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

Full details are now on the website.

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

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

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

Tuesday 21st September 2021

WANTED: Deceased birds (especially waders and small passerines) REPOST

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 21st at 8:32 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

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 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 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 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 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 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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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

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

Downend

Upside down BH Gulls.


Posted September 21st 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

exmouth duckpond

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

Posted September 19th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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

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Posted September 18th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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

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Posted September 17th 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 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 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 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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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 16th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 3:48 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Jenny cliff nr Plymouth

Wryneck briefly.

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

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