Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th 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

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Full details are now on the website.

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 4:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Adult Little gull , present during the morning.

Posted September 25th 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 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 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 at 7:58 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

arlington

Water Rail far side of the lake


Posted September 24th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 4:43 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Croyde

Moulting juvenile Starlings in transition to adult plumage.


Posted September 23rd 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 3:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Fremington Pill

5 Greenshanks , 200 ish Dunlin & 1 Curlew Sandpiper


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

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