Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th January 2022

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Saturday 15th January 2022

Stuartline birding Cruise 15th January 2022

This morning was slightly overcast with a light breeze and river conditions were near perfect for the Saturday 15th January birdwatching cruise, everything was set fair for a great few hours. Plenty of DB Brent Geese around Shelley Beach and several showing really close to the boat proved there were plenty to be seen across the estuary. Red Breasted Mergansers were on show around Cockwood and Starcross but the stars of the show in this area was the two Black-Necked Grebes which were viewed by all on board and were thrilled with this rare estuary sighting. Greenshank and a showy Kingfisher was seen on one of the wrecks just past Starcross. This Kingfisher followed us and showed well just before Starcross sailing club where it was joined by our first sightings of Avocets.This was the second Kingfisher seen on todays cruise. In the field near cycle bridge on the Exminster side at least 2 Cattle Egrets was seen with a few grazing bullocks. A few Pintail were seen with 100+ Black-Tail Godwit near the Clyst confluence and to the left on the mudbank opposite Turf Locks were at least 500+ Golden Plover. Just up from on the Canal side were a nice flock of 100+ Lapwing that came in to land on the mudbank. Other birds seen along this stretch included Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Cormorant, plenty of Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover, Red Breasted Mergansers, Common Gull and Bar-tail Godwit. As we approached Topsham Goatwalk a male Goldeneye flew passed the boat and heading downstream then circled back towards the north end of Topsham, this was the star sighting for me. Plenty of Avocets seen here and topping off the cruise was the Spotted Redshank at Topsham.   

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Kingfisher with Avocets
Kingfisher with Avocets

Posted January 15th at 8:11 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Wrafton pond

This afternoon, Wafton pond was quite but there was a lot of activity on the scrape.  On the pond I saw three Snipe and a couple of Mallard.  On the scrape were a few Black-tailed Godwits, some Teal and at least one Snipe.

Snipe
Snipe
Three Snipe
Three Snipe

Posted January 15th at 6:45 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Mouth Mill, North Devon coast

A late post from yesterday (14.01.22)

On the sea out from Mouth Mill there were between 30 and 40 + Divers. Most appeared to be Red-throated but there were also several way out from the cliffs that were difficult to identify (no telescope, so lesson learned!). They were in small groups (2's, 3's and 5's) sailing in line as they sometimes do. This morning I went to a more accessible site at Bucks Mills but only saw two Red-throated Divers. I went over to Hartland Quay to check there and again only saw one Red-throated Diver. Mouth Mill is between Bucks and Hartland but is difficult to access except on foot. Hopefully other birders will keep their eyes peeled for any build up of Diver numbers off the North Coast. Good luck!

Posted January 15th at 3:30 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Black Redstart

Saturday 15th 1445pm Black Redstart showing well on Fisher Road, off St.Levans Road, Plymouth

Posted January 15th at 3:16 pm by Glenn Carter in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A highlight of this morning’s visit to Exminster Marsh was 9 Glossy Ibis which flew North over Discovery area by railway line at 8.40. No sign of single bird in the usual field though Pink-footed Goose present. Otherwise 3 1st wint Marsh Harriers, Ad Peregrine, 350+ Lapwing. 

Posted January 15th at 3:12 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Ashford Strand

The single adult female Goldeneye was still present this morning at low tide diving for food in the calm mirror like surface of the tidal channel.

On the sand bank a restless & vocal c2000 Golden Plover taking off & landing.



Posted January 15th at 2:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Braunton area

16 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. Unusually 3 Duck species in the reserve: 8 Gadwall 2 Mallard and 3 Teal. No Jays today. Good news that the Cob Swan on Wrafton Pond seems to have a new Pen! Out along the Marsh Road, 3 Glossy Ibis in the field before the track. One Whooper Swan in the field behind that one.

Posted January 15th at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth Shelly Beach and Maer Rocks

12 purple sandpipers on Maer Rocks at low tide this morning; only four turnstones; a couple of brent geese; a couple of shags fishing and several oystercatchers nearby.

Male black redstart showing well (intermittently - flighty) on apartment rooftops, garage roofs, street level flowerpots and the pavement. Roadside of Schooner and Windward Courts behind the marina.

Posted January 15th at 1:07 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Ilfracombe

A pair of Goldcrest working evergreen hedge Granville Road and a pair of Redwing in Jubilee Gardens

Posted January 15th at 12:41 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Female Goldeneye still on Tungsten West Pit at top of down this morning.

Posted January 15th at 9:26 am by Chris E in Bird News

Ladram Bay

A late afternoon stroll around Stantyway Farm area revealed Red-legged Partridge, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and good numbers of Linnets, Chaffinches and Starlings. Along the cliff path the Stonechats performed beautifully in the evening light and a few Fulmars wheeled around.

Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat
Male Stonechat
Male Stonechat

Posted January 15th at 8:04 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Brown Hare - Stantyway Farm

A walk around the farm and Ladram Bay area and this Brown Hare popped out distantly in one of the fields. The long ears were immediately obvious as were the long legs as it moved away into the field margins.

Brown Hare
Brown Hare

Posted January 15th at 7:51 am by John Reeves in Other Wildlife

Friday 14th January 2022

Stover Country Park

While working in the Bovey Tracey area I thought that a visit to Stover might prove fruitful. I was not disappointed - a group of eight Mandarin, male and female in equal measure, four Shoveler two male & two female, lots of Tufted and Mallard, a Great Crested Grebe, a Jay and a Heron.  Also saw a pair of Goosander and a white breasted Cormorant perched in a tall tree.   

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck
Jay
Jay

Posted January 14th at 9:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

North Devon

Started today at Fremington Pill where 5 Glossy Ibis were present down past the sluice. Several Greenshank and the Spotted Redshank in amongst the hordes of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank. However our visit was not for these goodies but a very credible report of Jack Snipe at Saltpill duck Pond. Well we looked (with very precise directions) for quite a while but not even a Snipe, but just before we left (about 11.am.) 3 Ibis were in the field to the west of the pond. When we got back to the Pill, no Ibis at all so the three were most likely part of that group. Not sure how this ties in with Phil's sighting earlier.. So we went off west and crossed the border onto Cornwall! At Tamar lakes we saw 3 Egyptian Geese and 3 Tundra Bean Geese, but they were in Cornwall, as were the Willow Tits around the edge of the Upper lake. But the Marsh Tits were in Devon by the Lower lake. We counted 32 Goosander there too. On to Bursdon Moor (properly back in Devon now) started slowly with a female Sparrowhaawk heading West with the wind. A few minutes later a smart Barn Owl headed East. A bit later still we added a female Hen Harrier and 2 Merlins - one of which flew at breakneck speed from the lowest part of the moor up the long slope to the west eventually rising up to take a small bird in the air! To complete the set, a female Peregrine also flew through. We then returned to Fremington to collect my car and watched in the gathering gloom as a dozen+ Egrets came in to roost = nearly all Cattle Egrets. Biggest surprise though was a 'Roding' Woodcock which flew past below the skyline so we only heard it!

Posted January 14th at 7:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A day back at an old haunt, all be a brief hour. Top end only. 5 Goosander (2M, 3F type), 3 Common Sand, 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 RN Parakeet & on the pond of dreams 23 Mandarin & F RC Pochard. 

From Plymouth Hoe later. Best was 2 Turnstone. 

Posted January 14th at 7:25 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

14:00 today -  Now 3 Glossy Ibis foraging in the same field as the Mute Swans. Excellent views from the marsh road.


Posted January 14th at 5:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Prawle 13 January

Belated news from 13 January: American Buff-bellied Pipit still with Rock Pipits at the eastern end of the beach near Maelcombe House, usually close to the slipway. Could be picked out easily by naked eye: it would be the bird chased off by Rock Pipits! Also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.

Later, 6 Goldeneye (2 drakes) at Slapton (Torcross end).

American Buff-bellied Pipit
American Buff-bellied Pipit
American Buff-bellied Pipit
American Buff-bellied Pipit

Posted January 14th at 5:34 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Stover and Teign Estuary

Duck abounded today, relatively speaking, at Stover, including 11 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall (much display from the 4 drakes), 5 Wigeon and 18 Mandarins. Also single Great Crested and Little Grebes and Kingfisher.

At Passage House on the afternoon high tide, 23 Avocets, Common Sandpiper, c30 Curlew, 10+ Snipe, c10 Redshanks and a Kingfisher.

Mandarin in full colour!
Mandarin in full colour!
Gadwalls displaying
Gadwalls displaying

Posted January 14th at 5:22 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ludwell Valley, Exeter

08:56 - 10:28

Green Sandpiper (at least 2); Grey Wagtail (at least 2); Little Egret were the highlights.

Posted January 14th at 5:14 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Ibis count on Braunton Marsh goes up....

16:00 today, lit by a glorious sinking sun, we're THREE Glossy Ibis where yesterday there were two as reported by Rob Jutsum. Now....was anybody with the five ibis over Fremington Pill or Home Farm Marsh at the same time? Hopefully, because that would make 8 in the area! 

Three Glossy Ibis Braunton Marsh fields
Three Glossy Ibis Braunton Marsh fields

Posted January 14th at 4:32 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Skern

First "proper" visit today to Skern today since moving to Northam just before christmas. Sunny but cold. Good numbers of Dunlin with Curlew, Whimbrel, Shelduck, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Brent Geese. B.H. Herring and Common Gull- Redshank and Greenshank i

Posted January 14th at 4:26 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Red Kite over Teignmouth

Red Kite, drifted over Teignmouth at 1pm today, gliding with occasional flaps, flying East, continued over the sea, circling once, to show all key features.

Posted January 14th at 1:34 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

3 Glossy Ibises on Black Hole Marsh 10.30 - 11.00 am   this morning, then flew south towards Seaton Marshes.

Posted January 14th at 12:35 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Black Redstart

Male again at Cliffe Road Roundham.

Posted January 14th at 12:24 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Staunton, 13th Jan

70 Sanderling, 9 Common Gull yesterday morning

Posted January 14th at 10:02 am by Art Symons in Bird News

South Milton Reserve Reed Cut 16 January, 9:30am

Thank you to all the volunteers who have let me know that they will be able to help with the South Milton Reserve reed cut on Sunday 16 January.  You should have received an email from me with details of the arrangements for the day.

Anyone else who would like to join us will be most welcome.  We will be cutting the reeds at the seaward end of the Reserve, about 300m upstream of the SW Coast Path Bridge, starting at 9:30.  Free parking is available in Martin Berryman's camping field at the head of the cul de sac leading down to the sewage works.  If you would prefer a shorter walk, paid parking is available at the Links Road car park (£5) or the National Trust car park at South Milton Sands (£6 but free to NT members).  Please wear wellies and gloves and bring along a long handled fork or rake if you have one.  If you have any spare newspaper (to start the fires) please bring that along too.  Please provide your own refreshments.

For those familiar with the What Three Words app, the locations of the car parks are: masks/gripes/ends (free car park); applauded/biked/presides (Links Court car park); nest/sleep/masses (South Milton Sands car park).

If you would like more details, please contact Nick Townsend on 07989 717383 or email gillnickt@yahoo.co.uk


Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday


Nick Townsend

Posted January 14th at 10:02 am by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Thursday 13th January 2022

West Charleton Marsh & Slapton

On the marsh 2 Tundra Bean Geese with Canada's, Wigeon, Teal, a solitary Curlew, Little Egrets, Herons, Water Rail, Buzzard. On the seaward side: Wigeon, G.C. Grebes, Oystercatchers, a solitary Greenshank. Jays, Chiffchaffs, Pied & Grey Wagtails at Sewage works.     At Slapton: Large rafts of Coots, Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Mallards, Gadwall, Goldeneye, G.C. Grebes, Herons, Song thush, Redwings, Long tailed tits, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk.

Tundra Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose

Posted January 13th at 11:42 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

South Huish

This morning Curlew, Wigeon, Teal, Moorhen, Heron, L. Egrets, Oystercatchers, Ring Plovers, a Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese, Wren, Dunnocks, Chaffinches, Stonechats, Blue and Great tits, Buzzards

Barnacle Goose with Canada's
Barnacle Goose with Canada's
Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted January 13th at 11:23 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

South Huish Marsh (South Milton)

An early afternoon visit to South Huish Marsh (South Milton) gave Water rail, five Black Tailed Godwit flying in, eight plus Snipe enjoying the sunshine, two Heron, three Little Egret, Buzzard.

On the beach good numbers of Pied Wagtail and Rock Pipit.

On the field behind the cafe a flock of Canada Geese that had for company a white feral type goose, a Barnacle Goose which in turn was keeping company with the recently reported "Small type Canada goose".

Is it a Cackling Goose? the plumage markings on its back reach to the base of the neck, the white facial marking appears to be narrower, someone with better knowledge than me may have a more definitive answer.

Possible Cackling Goose
Possible Cackling Goose
Possible Cackling Goose
Possible Cackling Goose

Posted January 13th at 9:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fernworthy

It may be of interest to know that the Black-necked Grebe first seen by Rick Lockwood on 1 Jan was only the third record for Dartmoor, the first since 1987, and the first for Fernworthy. Now that Ian Muir has reported a second bird present, the record has become even more unusual.

It also looks as though there are now three Goldeneye present on Dartmoor, at Fernworthy, Cholwichtown and Tungsten West - more than in other recent years.

Posted January 13th at 8:43 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Brixham & Broadsands 12/1/22

Brief look of Brixham Breakwater this morning. 30+ kittiwake, 25+ Guillemot & 6+ Razorbill. 16 Turnstone In harbour area & 3 Purple Sandpiper on Breakwater. Later, again briefly, at Broadsands 3 GN Diver & a Black-Throated Diver.

Posted January 13th at 7:31 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Velator

First chance I've had to do some ringing today. Late-ish start, but some good birds dominated by a dozen Greenfinch. I also caught two which weren't mine - but ringed by Chris Dee in West Down during last year. amongst the other birds ringed - mostly Tits and Finches, were a Chiffchaff and an adult female Kingfisher.

Posted January 13th at 7:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

The two Tundra Bean Geese present again this afternoon. Flew off west at 15:37

Posted January 13th at 7:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Beesands Ley

6 Glossy Ibis flew around for a few minutes around 11:30 before gaining hieght and heading west inland. Obviously arriving from Slapton Ley reading Grahams post below. Ring-necked Duck still present with single male Pochard and 18 Tufted Ducks

Posted January 13th at 7:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Skern

Photo from my post yesterday if this is ok.

Common Gull.
Common Gull.

Posted January 13th at 7:01 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Radford Lake

2 Cormorants on the lake, 2 Kingfishers seen, 4 little Grebes, 2 Goldcrests


Posted January 13th at 6:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little new this afternoon but in lovely sunshine: 2 Snipe, 268 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshanks, 8 Goosanders (2 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes) & 3 Little Grebes. 

Posted January 13th at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

09:11 - 12:05

Dartford Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Siskin, and 2 Roe deer were the highlights.

Posted January 13th at 4:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Skern

Visited Skern at high tide in beautiful weather this afternoon, spotted plenty of dunlin, greenshank, redshank, oystercatcher, curlew, wigeon, shelduck, lapwing, Brent geese, mallard, cormorant, black headed and herring gulls.

Posted January 13th at 4:47 pm by Julie Green in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands-Colyford Common

14 members of DB attended this mornings field-walk when a total of 45 species were counted.  Birds of interest were the large flocks of Lapwing and (90) Curlew, a single Greenshank, Kingfisher, Water Rail, 3 Egyptian Geese, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzards, (5) Reed Bunting and others. 3 Roe deer were present south of the Tower hide.

After lunch a few members visited Seaton seafront in search of Black Redstart and one was sighted briefly in the boat yard behind the sailing club.  A Red-throated Diver and a flock of 25 Scoter were present on a calm sea a short distance from the shore.

Posted January 13th at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fernworthy

2.30-3.30 Pair of Black necked Grebes and a female Goldeneye of note. Several Mallard and about 20 Herring Gulls plus a few Black Headed.



Posted January 13th at 3:58 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Slapton - sea, ley and village

Red necked grebe and red throated diver out at sea with up to10 guillemots and a probable razorbill. 1 Med gull flying past. Lots of common gulls in Ireland bay with 2 lesser bbs and up to 40 wigeon. A passing birder told me  that 6 glossy ibis flew across the bay and headed down to Torcross. In village, 4 chiffchaffs feeding on insects on a sunny roof but one almost totally grey and white - Siberian chiffy? Wouldn't oblige for me to take a picture unfortunately.

Posted January 13th at 3:13 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brisk walk around the southern part of the marsh over lunch time. Two marsh harriers, single buzzard and male sparrowhawk kept most of the birds in the air or hidden. The sunshine seemed to be triggering song from at least 6 Cettis warblers, including one that showed well on the canal bank. Two snipe were feeding on the edge of the main scrape near the canal side car park.

Posted January 13th at 3:08 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Aylsebeare Common

This afternoon I popped down to Aylsebeare Common with hope of spotting a Dartford Warbler or two.  My two and a half hour trip was not in vain, first to appear were the Stonechats (a pair) closely followed by a male Dartford warbler. all-in-all five Dartfords were seen.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted January 12th at 9:26 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saltram ~ Rv Plym & Prawle

Female Red Crested Pochard on the pond at Saltram House, up to 15 Mandarin duck flying in.

Numerous very noisy Ring-necked Parakeet, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Little Grebe, female Red Breasted Merganser, 8 Turnstone, 2 Greenshank, flock of 50 plus Dunlin, numerous Shelduck.

On to Prawle for the Buff Bellied Pipit, bit of a jigsaw trying to pick it out from the many Rock Pipits, a male Kestrel hovered over the beach scattering all of the Pipits and Wagtails but they soon returned.

On the way to and from the beach Cirl Bunting, Wren, Stonechat, Linnet and several Greenfinch.

Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Parakeet
Ring-necked Parakeet

Posted January 12th at 8:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

White Tailed Eagle.

White tailed Eagle seen 2pm heading from Heasley Mill towards Brayford / Bratton Fleming. 

Was being mobbed by ravens and buzzards

Posted January 12th at 8:00 pm by Jeremy Hickman in Bird News

Brixham & Broadsands

Brief look of Brixham Breakwater this morning. 30+ kittiwake, 25+ Guillemot & 6+ Razorbill. 16 Turnstone In harbour area & 3 Purple Sandpiper on Breakwater. Later, again briefly, at Broadsands 3 GN Diver & a Black-Throated Diver.

Posted January 12th at 6:27 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

53 Raven flew over Cadover, west to east, between 0740 and 0755.

Posted January 12th at 6:24 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Cycled down to Braunton Marshes mid to late aft & surprised to see 2 Glossy Ibis in the same field where the White - fronted Goose was spotted. IOf course do not know whether these are 2 of the 5 seen at Fremington Pill.

Standing on the side of the road trying to take photographs with a constant stream of motor vehicles going in both directions & then the inevitable jam up. At one point had to stop photographing to make sure a vehicle did not reverse into my parked bicycle!

Peacock Butterfly warming up in the sunshine at Baggy this morning.

Sorry, still no Scoters to report at Baggy Point, but a wonderful murmuration of c600 Starlings, a sizeable flock of Skylark & a very pale Common Buzzard in arable fields at Croyde Hoe Farm.



Posted January 12th at 6:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Skern

Common Gull, large amounts of waders, geese and ducks, Brents, Pintail, grey and golden plover, Dunlin, good numbers, lovely day but not a very high tide so quite distant. 

Posted January 12th at 5:27 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Soar

Just a footnote: I presume the Cirl Bunting count might be a UK record although there may be larger historical counts!

Posted January 12th at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Middle Soar & Southdown Farm

2nd winter farmland bird count on an amazing day: 117 Cirl Bunting - a new Devon county record and I may have missed some! (haven't seen 2020 county data). 169 Yellowhammer & 900 Skylark. National Trust doing a fine job by providing winter food!

Also: Avocet landed on the new lagoons at 10:40 before flying off west - the first ever Soar record; 8 Teal, 55 Meadow Pipit, 30 Starling, 45 Chaffinch, 80 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet.

Non-avian: Brown Hare, 9 Sika Deer inc.6 stags, 14 Roe Deer inc.one stag in velvet.

Re.my forthcoming book on 2History of the Birds of Soar", I could do with a good pic of a Bobolink (not breeding male) if anyone can help. Email: robmacklin@outlook.com

Posted January 12th at 2:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

One Purple Sandpiper with 8 Turnstone 300m east of Tinside Lido

Posted January 12th at 1:36 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Exminster Marshes

This afternoon, after an unsuccessful search for a Yellow-browed Warbler reported along Milbury Lane, Exminster, a walk along the railway trail to the Discovery Centre produced the Glossy Ibis and Pink-footed Goose.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted January 11th at 8:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

Upper Lake.

3 Bean Geese, 2 Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Great Black-backed Gull.Lower Tamar Lake.

31 Goosander, 7m Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Willow Tit, 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Long-tailed Tit. 

Posted January 11th at 8:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Exmouth - Shelley

The male Black Redstart remains at Shelley, this morning moving between the garages next to the Sailing Club and Leeward flats.

Posted January 11th at 6:19 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

South Brent

A first light visit to a private lake on the outskirts of South Brent gave 20 species including, 5 Song Thrush all in song, 5 Moorhen. 1 Little Grebe, 14 Wigeon, 42 Mallard the most I have ever seen here, a possible female Mandarin, a fly over Cormorant, 2 Snipe, 2 GSWP, Redwing and 2 Goldcrest.

Back at home a fly over Mistle Thrush, 20 Redwing and late afternoon a  flock of at least 28 Pied Wagtail.

Posted January 11th at 6:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

N Devon

6 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Mute Swans on the scrape but only 2 female Gadwall on Wrafton Pond this morning. In the reserve at least 5 calling Water Rails, a Jay, a persistent but unseen Cetti's Warbler, flash-through Sparrowhawk and more sedate fly-by Kestrel. A Grey Wagtail showed briefly in the river as I left. Later, I walked out to Baggy Point. NT workers renewing the path surface is making it a bit mucky but still full access.4 Fulmar,  and a Red-throated Diver briefly out on the sea off the point.. Back at  the car park, donned wellies and walked across the beach to inspect the Gull flock in the stream. Mostly Black-headed Gulls with Herring Gulls of various ages and a good number of Common Gulls. Best was a single Mediterranean Gull. Finally, stopped in one of the lay-bys and peered along Saunton beach on my way home. At some distance lots of busy Sanderling (over 100 I think).

Posted January 11th at 5:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In improving weather this afternoon, Kingfisher, 5 Goosanders (1 drake), 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), 25 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female), Little Grebe, 13 Turnstones, 2 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 283 Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), Green Woodpecker & 11 Roe Deer. Water Rail heard.

Posted January 11th at 5:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mudbank and Bystock

At Mudbank on incoming tide. Best birds were juv spoonbill; pair of red breasted mergansers close in; grey plovers; single snipe out on the estuary; blackwits and a barwit; greenshanks x2; med gulls x2; male kingfisher fishing in the creek and showing well (good to meet and learn from Derek Carter and Rupert)

At Bystock around the middle of the day. Best birds were the flock of redpolls; single goldcrest; pair of bullfinches; group of long tailed tits; and two song thrushes perched together with male GSW right beside them - all three still for at least fifteen minutes.

Posted January 11th at 4:14 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Torbay

Goodrington Beach - on Sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Black-throated Divers, 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Wigeon, many Razorbills, Gullemots, Kittiwakes and Gannets. Also  2 pods of Common Dolphin approx 12.

Clennon Valley: no sign of Glossy Ibis at all today.

Berry Head: a Pomarine Skua was off the headland at 10.15am this morning chasing and settling on the sea not too far out.

Posted January 11th at 2:27 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

West Charleton marsh and South marsh 10/1/22

From the hide at West Charleton 2 tundra Bean Geese, Water Rail under bird table. South Huish marsh, 23 Turnstones, 6 Ringed Plover, A Med Gull, Water Pipit and 5 White fronted Geese, 32 Oystercatchers.

Tundra Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
European White-fronted Goose
European White-fronted Goose

Posted January 11th at 5:36 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Monday 10th January 2022

South Huish Marsh/Beach & Aveton Gifford

An afternoon around the South Hams after the fog! South Huish: White-fronted Goose, Water Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 50+ Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Turnstone, 22 Snipe, 5 Ringed Plover & Kingfisher on rocks.

Aveton Gifford: On tidal road 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 14 Curlew. At  treatment works: 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch & Goldcrest

Posted January 10th at 6:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth sound

1 Blackthroated  Diver.

Posted January 10th at 5:24 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Slapton village - goose

To follow up yesterdays post, revisited pond to try to photo the goose. At limit of my camera but beak looks pink, even covered in mud and grass, making it 'a.albifrons'. No sign of rings and no longer in amongst Canada geese which have left. It is quite wary, heading away from me even 100m away. Never quite sure with wildfowl as so many escape collections but seems wild to me.


Posted January 10th at 3:54 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

The white-fronted goose still present mid-morning and managed to get a diary photo, but could only find the regular single whooper swan. 

European White-fronted Goose
European White-fronted Goose

Posted January 10th at 12:54 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

White fronted goose - Braunton Marsh

The bird was still there this morning when I arrived at around 10:20 but 15 minutes later a farmer with a dog unintentionally spooked it and it flew off north-eastwards disappearing into the mist and rain.

Posted January 10th at 11:17 am by alan craddock in Bird News

Teign Estuary Sunday PM

Single spoonbill feeding immediately West of Coombe Cellars this afternoon for half an hour 

Posted January 10th at 9:03 am by Rob Eaton in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

I only got to the Glossy Ibis at dusk, yesterday, so light levels were too low for any pictures, however video seems to cope better and I was pleased with the results, watch on https://youtu.be/wlgk5wY1IF0 filmed from the Discovery Centre/hide viewing area.

Also present at various locations, around the reserve, were, Marsh Harrier, Black-tailed Godwits, Eqyptian Geese, Stonechat, Pintail and Raven. 

  

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Shoveler
Shoveler

Posted January 10th at 8:30 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Female Goldeneye still on the pit on Sunday morning. With Bob Barrow's sighting of a female at Crownhill Down at the same time it confirms that two birds remain wintering in the clay pits area.

Posted January 10th at 7:34 am by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 9th January 2022

Slapton 09/01/22

Small group of Grey Plover on the beach south of middle car park


Posted January 9th at 11:25 pm by Martin Keen in Bird News

Stantyway Farm, Otterton

8 cirl buntings (some males singing); single fieldfare and kestrel; large flock of chaffinches; very large flocks of linnets; greenfinches; goldfinches; meadow pipits; skylarks (one flying high in full song); song thrush; small flock of starlings. Raft of 46 common scoters in Chiselbury Bay.

Non-avian: two brown hares

Posted January 9th at 8:48 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Male Pintail

Bowling Green Marsh highlight a pair of Pintails close to the main path. My first sighting of this beautiful bird.

Posted January 9th at 7:48 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Around the Teign Estuary this Morning

Mid Estuary: Around 30 Red Breasted Mergansers swimming in a tight line, diving in 'waves', almost synchronised: difficult to count, I suspect more. The largest number I've seen on the estuary in twenty odd years of watching. Passage House: lots of gulls, Oystercatchers and Cormorants, highlights were a Little Grebe and a Common Sandpiper. Seafront: lots of gulls and Gannets. Quite a bit of human activity on the sea, so things were a bit further out. One Razorbill a few Guillemots, five Great Northern divers (one adult) and a single male Common Scoter towards the Parson and Clerk, Holcombe.

Posted January 9th at 7:45 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Slapton

A trip down to Slapton Ley gave the over wintering Snow Bunting just below the southern corner of the Memorial car park, the bird showed remarkably well despite people almost walking over it.

Four Cetti’s Warbler calling and one sighting, Water Rail flushed by the Torcross hide, Ring Necked duck, two pairs of Golden Eye duck, Ten plus Shags just off the beach, fly by Red Throated Diver, four Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe on the Ley and on the sea, two Black Necked Grebe.

Good numbers of Gull with Great Black Back, Lesser Black Back and numerous Common Gulls on the Ley.

Several Stonechat and a small flock of Goldfinch.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted January 9th at 7:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands, at sea: 2 Black-throated Divers, 5+ Great Northern Divers, 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebes, Razorbills and Guillemots.

Around car parks: 14 Cirl Buntings, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs 1 Tawny Owl.

Clennon: 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff,  2 Little Egrets, 2 Shovler and 1 Cetti's Warbler

Brixham Breakwater: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Mediiterranean Gull, 50+ Shag, 10+ Cormorant, 7 Razorbills, 4 Guillemots, 3 Great Northern Divers many Kittiwake and Gannets.

Posted January 9th at 7:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights this morning were: 2 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 306 Dunlins, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-ws), 6 Red-breasted Mergansers (4 drakes), 7 Goosanders, 30 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, 3 Shags & a Grey Wagtail.

Posted January 9th at 7:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Afternoon stroll from the car park yielded very little. Few Stonechat ,mixed finches and one Dartford Warbler.

Posted January 9th at 6:40 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Crownhill Down

This morning I disturbed two separate small flocks of Golden Plover(x 8 & x15), Skylarks 2, Meadow Pipits 12, Stonechats 7, Ravens 4, Buzzards 2, Fieldfares 6, Redwings 5, L.T. Tits 12, Green woodpecker 1, The lone female Goldeneye was showing distantly on the Tungsten West Lake.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted January 9th at 6:08 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Late post for Saturday the 8th: 3 Woodcock (singles), late afternoon. 

Posted January 9th at 5:45 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Cycled around the inner Marsh road again this aft to see whether the White-fronted Goose was still around & sure enough it was, still in the same field foraging but had walked 100 metres further to the WNW of the long barn since this morning.

Also there were 9 Whooper Swans inc 2 juv /1st W birds in a field foraging up to 1/2 mile away. So with the single Whooper that Jon spotted I am delighted to report we are back to the original number of 10!

Posted January 9th at 5:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

In addition to previous posts:  Good numbers of Golden Plover, Dunlin, Shoveler, Lapwing. 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine on top of a Pylon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30+ Redwing, a pair of Bullfinch and a Goldcrest. Pink footed and White fronted Geese not seen.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Pheasant
Pheasant

Posted January 9th at 5:07 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Exe Estuary/Exminster

Highlights of this morning's WeBS count were the 2 Black-necked Grebes and 330 Brent Geese between Cockwood and Starcross, 128 Snipe in the Dawlish Warren saltmarsh and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A brief look off Dawlish Warren produced 2 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers. Two pairs of Egyptian Geese were honking and flying around the oaks at Powderham. The Glossy Ibis was disturbed by one of the Marsh Harriers at Exminster Marshes and I failed to see any of the grey geese, but spent some quality time with a Grey Wagtail in the gateway where the Ibis had been feeding. Images and video show that it was eating lots of small rat-tailed maggots (hoverfly larvae).

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted January 9th at 4:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Braunton

Jay, Water Rail and Kingfisher in the reserve this morning, and the Kingfisher was briefly on the long perch I put in just for this species. However, a bit later I looked up and found this beast on the perch! He didn't dive in and after a good survey of the pond tip-toed off. Later, got news of 'Goose' so went out to the Marsh Road and found a Whooper Swan with mutes next to the road - must surely be last year's bird. I was joined by Andy Lansdell, who found 3 other Whoopers off towards the Burrows. He also then found the Russian White-fronted Goose in the field described by Rob. And still quite close to the road.

Looked quite happy out there!
Looked quite happy out there!

Posted January 9th at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Glossy ibis still near railway line, close views from first screen in discovery area. Highlight was when it was briefly spooked by a low flying marsh harrier! Close views of chiffchaff and cetti's from path on return to car park.

Posted January 9th at 4:05 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Tories area

Fields between Totnes and Dartington this morning: greenfinch, green woodpecker, gs woodpecker drumming, goldcrest, bullfinch, magpies, carrion crow, great tit, blue tit,. Meadow pipit flocks that have been around all week seem to have moved on (about 40 counted on one occasion).

Totnes garden - first ever firecrest seen flitting about next door's conifer and then on into our garden. Bright crimson crest alerted me to it. A male blackcap is a sudden frequent visitor on bird table plus a pair of bullfinches, greenfinches, nuthatch, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, dunnock and house sparrows. No sign of any siskins so far this winter. 

Posted January 9th at 2:53 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Cadover Bridge/Shaugh Lake 22 Jan 2022

About 1045 a female/juv Merlin shot up over the top of the clay pits and lost height continuing fast and low towards the Blackabrook Valley. Four Ravens in the area and two Meadow Pipits.

Posted January 9th at 2:32 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Slapton village

Small pond by the plant nursery held usual group of gadwall and mallard but of note was a single white front goose hanging about with the Canada geese. No sign of any rings - wild bird? No camera to hand.

Posted January 9th at 1:45 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

A single White-fronted Goose in the field adjacent to the inner Marsh road in front of the long barn where the single Whooper Swan was hanging out with the Mutes Swans.

Good views from the road through a pair of bins.



Posted January 9th at 1:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

First thing this morning GN Dover & 2 Purple Sandpipers.

Posted January 9th at 9:02 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Late report from yesterday afternoon for interest. 3 'grey geese'  feeding in field about half way up but on Cornwall side. We were close enough from path to easily check beak colouration and confirm orange leg colour against Collins at the time. These plus darkness of head strongly said Tundra Bean Geese to me (note no white on face at base bill on any of them). Although observations were with binoculars I am still left wondering their origins as we were quite close and they were not spooked by a couple of other walkers. If any one else sees them would welcome some confirmation/thoughts - perhaps they will visit Devon! (Also Willow Tit calling and 2 snipe in flooded margins)

12 Goosander and 3 Tufted Duck from dam at Lower Lake

Posted January 9th at 8:22 am by Mark West in Bird News

Saturday 8th January 2022

Exminster Marsh

A short visit at lunch time. Glossy Ibis along FP by railway line, was unbelievably close. Other 2 1st wint Marsh Harriers, 250+ Lapwing, 180+ Golden Plover, 250+ Wigeon. PFG seen earlier in day in field with Ibis. 

Posted January 8th at 6:05 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday lunchtime spent on Alysebeare common where I spotted four Goldcrest.  I got this shot of one through long grass as it fed on insects plucked from a gorse bush.

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted January 8th at 3:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Brent ~ Brambling

My first Brambling of the year and it turns up around the garden feeders, manged to catch it on camera on its third visit.

Coming in with a flock of 35 plus Chaffinch.

Brambling
Brambling

Posted January 8th at 2:55 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Got out at about 10.30 when the rain eased. 2 Spoonbills on the scrape with 6 Black-tailed Godwits. Dipper in the river from the bridge along with a surprised Little Grebe! In the reserve Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Jays, A well-seen Water Rail (unlike yesterday's skulker) 8 Gadwall, and Bird of the Day: Kingfisher.

Posted January 8th at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Otter near Ottery St Mary

Despite the rain, I managed a nice bit of video of a feeding Dipper. Watch on https://youtu.be/dbD-47Lbrdk

Posted January 8th at 8:00 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Broadsands

Apologies for late post.. Ten forty five yesterday, one GND and one razorbill. Nothing in car park due to workmen.

Great northern diver
Great northern diver
Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted January 8th at 7:52 am by P.L.Fairclough in Bird News

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