Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th 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.

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·         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

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·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

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

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

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS - 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

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

Please encourage others to do the same.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 2:05 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 11th September 2021

south molton moths

Three humming bird hawk moths feeding close together on verbena bodnariensis clump in garden. I haven't seen three together before. Are groups commonly seen?

Posted September 11th at 9:19 pm by art symons in Other Wildlife

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 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 at 5:36 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Berry Head

Just had a reliable report of a Vagrant Emperor in the quarry at Berry Head this afternoon.

Posted September 11th at 4:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Other Wildlife

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 9:54 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

North Devon Osprey

Osprey over Isley Marsh 09.15 this morning. 

Posted September 10th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 6:51 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

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