Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st March 2022

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Black Kite

Shute

07 Jun

Honey-Buzzard

Soar

09 Oct

Caspian Gull

Exmouth

01 Dec

Honey-Buzzard

Thurlestone

13 Oct

Chough

Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct

Chough

Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua

Thurlestone

12 May

Common Rosefinch

Lundy

10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting

Lundy

17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]

Lundy

22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater

Lundy

07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis

Staverton

21 Dec

RC Starling

Lundy

01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr

Nightingale

Hallsands

26 May

Serin

Haldon

21 Aug

Nightingale

Wistlandpound

30 May

Tree Sparrow

Ilfracombe

22 Jan

Hooded Crow

Clovelly

03 Jun

Tree Sparrow

Haldon

14 Nov

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

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Monday 21st March 2022

Braunton

Female Peregrine over North Braunton this afternoon. Interesting reaction by the local Gulls which usually take short shrift with the local Buzzards and chase them off over the valley. They just drifted about making an odd call, Never went near to  it.

Posted March 21st at 10:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

7 Buzzards heading North West late morning.In the orchard 1 Siskin,3 Brambling…..1 male and 2 female also Greenfinch, Bullfinch Goldfinch, 25 Chaffinch,Marsh Tit.Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush.Non avian included 13 Red Deer hinds,3 Roe Deer,Brimstone,Peacock and several Small Tortoiseshell.Only 5 Redwing remaining.

Posted March 21st at 8:07 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Ide - Perridge

Walked a loop Ide-Perridge-Idestone-Ide this morning. Heard an unfamiliar call from the Beeches at Perridge, and eventually saw two Bramblings, I think the first I have seen locally living "freely" rather than tied to a feeding station. Nearby, other reminders of Winter were 3 Redwings and a 50+ flock of Linnets. Spring was apparent in the volume of song, Skylarks, Chiff-Chaffs and Thrushes being the most obvious, but supported by Yellowhammer, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and many Siskins. Also encountered: a Dipper on the Alphinbrook at Ide, 6 Stock Doves and 2 Red-legged Partridges in, and 2 Sparrowhawks over, the arable land outside the village, 4 Crossbills near Darnaford, and two pairs of Marsh Tits.

Posted March 21st at 7:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite drifted eastwards over Marsh Green near Ottery late this afternoon

Posted March 21st at 5:58 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

White tailed eagle

Saw a white tailed eagle today about 10 miles east of Launceston along the side of the A30, was flying with a buzzard about but I could clearly see the size difference, it was circling around about 150ft above the ground

Posted March 21st at 5:55 pm by Mike jones in Bird News

Exminster Marsh & Riverside Country Park

Duck numbers continue to dwindle on Exminster Marsh. 100 Wigeon, 28+ Shoveler, 130+ Teal, 11 Pintail, 4 Tufted. Spoonbill Imm, 13 DB Brent, 1st w Marsh Harrier & Red Kite over. Also 154+ Curlew. Green Sand on Alphington Brook & 2nd Riverside Country Pk, with two Snipe & 8 Teal. 

Posted March 21st at 5:22 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A pair of Long-tailed Tits nest-building this morning. Also, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Stonechats, Snipe, 7 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 33 Turnstones, 2 redhead Goosanders, 12 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, Peacock butterfly & 8 Roe Deer.

Tomorrow is the dealine for objections to a planning application that would destroy valuable wildlife on  Chelson Meadow, next to the Plym Estuary. Even if you responded to the consultation last year, please put in a planning objection NOW. You can email comments or register through the planning portal. Details here:- 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BxR6nA2gtPaV5x2lDg4mmSnU8XLo2la3_QWYCKuPaU/edit?usp=sharing

Posted March 21st at 4:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Chiffchaff Plymouth

My first of the spring singing at the corner of Central Park Ave and Holdsworth Street. Slightly interesting as it was singing very unusually, something close to the song I would expect from tristís but not exactly right. And the poor views of the bird I had without bins didnt seem like a classic tristis…..

Posted March 21st at 4:38 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

East Soar

Black Redstart on Bolt Head & 14 Chiffchaff in Starehole Valley.

Posted March 21st at 3:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exmouth - Mudbank Lane

Male Garganey loitering in the Withycombe Brook/Exe Estuary junction in Mudbank Lane along with a number of Pintail, Wigeon, Mallard, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Redshank, Spotted Redshank (1), Turnstone (18+), and GC Grebe.

Garganey and Pintail
Garganey and Pintail
Garganey and Wigeon
Garganey and Wigeon

Posted March 21st at 2:31 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Black Redstart, Okehampton

Female Black Redstart briefly on the garage roof 1345hrs today. Next to rugby training ground. 

Posted March 21st at 1:50 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Early start to walk around Exminster marshes today, arriving at 0630. Loads of Wren about and chiffchaff alongside the rail track heading to Turf Lodge. Kestrel on the marshes pylon and a Peregrine perched on a pylon across the tracks. Single long tailed tit and a male Reed Bunting also in the treeline. In the estuary with the tide high were 2 sets of 4, 2 male and 2 female, Red Breasted Merganser. A Cetti was heard and seen left of the boats when you're heading to Topsham. When I stopped for a break I was joined by a Male Bullfinch. The marshes are filled with Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Shelduck, a single Pintail, Cormorant, Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Redshank and a Spoonbill. Also Black Tailed Godwit and about 60 Curlew and a Buzzard seen off by the gathering Rooks. There were 2 Raven displaying and I completed the circuit seeing 2 Marsh Harrier. To add to the list were Little Egret, Great, Blue and Coal Tit, Magpie, Blackbird, Goldfinch and the pair of domestic geese.

Posted March 21st at 1:31 pm by Kenneth Bradley in Bird News

Baggy

Cycled out to Croyde Bay NT car park earlier this morning then walked the coastal footpath out to Baggy Point & back along the top path adjacent to Croyde Hoe Farm.

A single male Wheatear on the top of the cliff & a sizeable flock of over 200 Linnet in the field being tilled by the farmer in his tractor.



Posted March 21st at 12:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Grebes courting

Great crested Grebe pair courting at Wistlandpound.

Wistlandpound grebes
Wistlandpound grebes

Posted March 21st at 9:48 am by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Red Kite.

Just seen a Red Kite over Fairmile in East Devon heading east towards Honiton.

Posted March 21st at 9:35 am by Maurice Rapley in Bird News

Instow

This afternoon and early evening in the area between the two Jetties were a good variety of birds. At the first jetty where the two steel boats have been abandoned were two Stonechats (1m & 1f) further on in the pond were five or six Teal (3m and at least 2f) and 1 Water Rail. On the river bank close to the second Jetty there were a 50+ Oystercatcher, 20+ Grey Plover, a similar number of Turnstone, a few Dunlin, Wigeon, Teal and Redshank.

Male Stonechat
Male Stonechat
Mix of birds
Mix of birds

Posted March 21st at 12:49 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen over A30, adjacent to Exeter airport, flying north at 15.14 on Sunday 20 March 

Posted March 21st at 12:17 am by Nicholas Dixon in Bird News

Sunday 20th March 2022

Leedon Tor (Dartmoor) 20th March 22

One Red Kite circling area at 1520

Posted March 20th at 10:48 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Little ringed plover, ruff, spoonbill, marsh harriers on a sunny morning

Posted March 20th at 10:41 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Escot Park

Several Chiffchaffs now on territory and singing loudly. Also of note: Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tits and 2 Song Thrush.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit
Treecreeper
Treecreeper

Posted March 20th at 10:02 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Escot Park

You know it's your lucky day when you find a rabbit's foot.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Posted March 20th at 9:59 pm by John Reeves in Other Wildlife

Red kite

Seen over Higher Ley, fields and woods, Slapton around 11>30 this morning.

Posted March 20th at 7:07 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Wistlandpound WeBS

Pair of Great Crested Grebes courting during today's count, plus a Red Kite overhead earlier. 4 Goosander still present although other wildfowl numbers rather low.

Posted March 20th at 6:53 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

28 Common Buzzards NE today bringing the total to 101 since the first migrants on 12 March. Also large female Sparrowhawk.

Posted March 20th at 6:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dreyton Cross Near Dartmouth

Red Kite seen flying alongside A3122 at 5.45pm.

Posted March 20th at 6:09 pm by Stephen Grundy in Bird News

Anchor wood area

At 10.45 today a Red Kite was seen just downstream of the new bridge, it was heading upstream towards Barnstaple.

Posted March 20th at 3:13 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Very windy this morning, but 30+ Skylark, 3 Wheatear, a pair of Stonechat seen on the Down, Green Woodpecker heard. Going down the hill the way home, by the Imerys reception centre, a Red Kite. I pulled over to grab a photo but by the time I'd grabbed the camera from the boot it had flown off behind trees.

Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted March 20th at 1:12 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Raven on the roof Northam

Following on from yesterdays Red Kite over Churchill Way early this morning i was greeted by a Raven sat on my neighbour's roof in Griggs Close where it remained for a good 20mins

Posted March 20th at 12:09 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

1 Red Kite at The Quay , 5 Glossy Ibises & 10 Sand Martins at Saltpill Duckpond .

Posted March 20th at 9:43 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 19th March 2022

Holsworthy

Red Kite over, 5pm

Posted March 19th at 7:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Stoke Woods, Exeter

An hour's visit this morning yielded a nice suite of woodland species including marsh tit, treecreeper, blackcap,  chiffchaffs stock dove and mistle thrush.

Posted March 19th at 6:58 pm by Grahame Madge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Little Ringed Plovers, tonight on Blaxton Meadow; the first on the patch since 2015. Also, 3 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, 7 Greenshanks & 6 Roe Deer.

A planning application has now been submitted for a solar farm on Chelson Meadow, a wildlife-rich part of this site. Although some concessions have been secured, there are still serious concerns over the impact on wildlife. Please put in a planning objection before next Tuesday, 22nd March. You can email or send comments by post if you don't want to register through the planning portal. Details here:- 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BxR6nA2gtPaV5x2lDg4mmSnU8XLo2la3_QWYCKuPaU/edit?usp=sharing

Posted March 19th at 6:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Garganey amongst mixed flock of ducks spooked by marsh harrier onto the nearest lagoon to the cycle path end of station road this evening, beautiful in the evening light. Spoonbill and sand martins also about.

Posted March 19th at 5:24 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Crownhill Down

50+ Golden Plover hunkered down on Crownnhill Down in the fierce easterly wind. Some birds coming into their summer plumage. Skylarks, Pipits, Stonechats, Crows, Ravens 2, Green woodpecker 1.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted March 19th at 3:43 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton area

Arrived at the scrape about o830 and the first bird I looked at was a drake Garganey. I called Sue Bruce who arrived with telescope to get better views, and at one point she said "Isn't that a female next to it"? By the time I looked it had moved... Later Andy Lansdell arrived but was unable to find any Garganey, so we walked around Sherpa Marsh and had brief but good flight views of a pair of Garganey. 2/3 Sand Martins in the area too.

Drake Garganey
Drake Garganey

Posted March 19th at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ilfracombe

I thought with the  easterly wind there might be a Red Kite about, sure enough there are 3 over Cairn this afternoon. 

Posted March 19th at 1:24 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Northam

A quick walk this morning found 1 Chiffchaff and a good view of a Red Kite flying over Churchill Road. David Puill was walking in the opposite direction to confirm.

Posted March 19th at 1:15 pm by Stan Coats in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Early visit this morning produced 3 Sand Martin, c120 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Garganey (male and female) before they all went up owing to the fast arrival of a Sparrowhawk. 

Posted March 19th at 8:01 am by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Friday 18th March 2022

Tarka Trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

A ride on the bicycle from Braunton to Barnstaple & back this morning.

13 Chiffchaffs calling & up to 6 more in the willows around Wrafton Pond.

Posted March 18th at 9:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soar

 1 male Merlin chasing a Sky Lark. South Huish March 7 water Pipits. 

Posted March 18th at 4:59 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

62 Common Buzzards moving generally north east in four hours from 11:30. May have missed a few earlier ones but still the second highest count ever recorded in Devon. These birds almost always move into a ENE wind. Some of the plumage features were amazing with many fairly white birds plus one completely white apart from a few sandy patches!

Posted March 18th at 4:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

First Blackcap of the spring, a singing male; also 24 Chiffchaff. Three migrant Common Buzzards moving north over the valley, inc.one being escorted away by resident pair.

Non-avian: 6 Sika Deer & 2 Roe Deer; Peacock & Red Admiral.

Happy Birthday Perry - a big one!

Posted March 18th at 4:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ruff Fremington Pill

Ruff with Blackwits and Common Redshank. Also the spotted redshank and three greenshank present.

Ruff
Ruff

Posted March 18th at 2:29 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Wembury

On a sunny Spring morning: 5 singing Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 pairs of Stonechat, 5 Linnet, 4 Red legged Partridge in the stubble fields, 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Raven overhead.

Posted March 18th at 1:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

The roost at the beginning of the Pill had , 10 Cattle Egrets , 5 Glossy Ibises & 12 little Egrets. In the Pill there were 25 Black-tailed Godwits & 2 Greenshanks . At Saltpill duck pond there were 2 Sand martins & 1 distant Marsh Harrier. 

Posted March 18th at 1:49 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Ilfracombe

5 Purple Sandpiper, Fulmar, Oystercatcher, 16 Carrion Crow in small Sycamore copse, Rock Pipit.

Posted March 18th at 1:07 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

3 Goosander 1m 2f, 2 Shelduck, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper on the weir.

Posted March 18th at 12:13 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Baggy point

An early morning walk out to the Point produced a single cracking male Wheatear, but nothing on the sea. Plenty of Linnets.

Posted March 18th at 8:53 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover

My first two Sand Martin of the year over at 0705. At least one still around at 0750. 

Posted March 18th at 7:55 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 17th March 2022

Cadover bridge 17th Mar 2022

Our first Wheatear pair and Reed Bunting, around the field below the farm. Pair of Goosander on river by main bridge and large flock of Golden Plover above the farm.



Posted March 17th at 10:36 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Roborough Down 17th Mar 2022

 Roborough Down , Yellowhammer's all over the area. Nice to see so many, plus Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat also in good numbers . Surprised to see around twenty Ravens circling overhead .



Posted March 17th at 10:31 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake.

4 Willow Tit

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit, 2f Goosander, 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 7 Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted March 17th at 9:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadwoodwidger

33 Ravens in the sky over the village this afternoon.

Posted March 17th at 9:10 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

River Otter nr Tipton St John

Afternoon walk along the River Otter, north of Tipton St John – 5 grey wagtails, dipper, 2 mute swans, 3 little egrets, moorhen, loads of mallard, female goosander, buzzard, chiffchaff, nuthatch and an otter running across a field.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
otter
otter

Posted March 17th at 8:34 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Stuartline Birdwatching Cruise

The final birdwatching cruise of the 2021/22 season took place today and what a gorgeous sunny day we had. Plenty of DB Brent Geese seen throughout the estuary was pleasing to the eye in the early Spring Sunshine. Along the inner shoreline of Dawlish Warren great views of 6 Sanderling still in their striking white winter plumage feeding along the water’s edge. In the same area Turnstones were seen amongst the gravels and weed. In the Channel a Grey Seal was spotted heading towards the Mouth of the Exe. Red Breasted Mergansers were spotted around Starcross and were viewed throughout the cruise with at least 15 seen close to the boat. Grey Heron and Little Egret were plentiful with several Grey Heron seen at the Heronry again today. At least 6 Greenshank was seen near the Starcross Yacht Club. Several Great Crested Grebe were again seen in this area with a few Widgeon. The bulk of the Avocet flock had now departed with only 4 seen today. A few Dunlin were feeding throughout the Turf Lock to Topsham stretch with 40+ Black-tailed Godwit near the Clyst Confluence. To finish of this sunny  final cruise the long staying Spotted Redshank was seen at Topsham.

Posted March 17th at 7:06 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Wrafton

Not much to report early afternoon, but later at least 105 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape with several Teal. Over Wrafton Pond 5 Sand Martins. In the reserve 1 Chiff, 2 Jays 4 Gadwall, and still no resolution with the Geese - 7 Canadas still present.

Posted March 17th at 6:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Iffy Redpoll

Here are a couple of images that may help to ID me Iffy Redpoll.

Lesser or common Redpoll
Lesser or common Redpoll
Lesser or common Redpoll
Lesser or common Redpoll
Eds: Brown tones to face and buffy wing bar make it Lesser - but they are being lumped so probably just Redpoll now!

Posted March 17th at 6:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Yelland jetty

left of Yelland jetty was a Great Northern Diver, around 40 Grey Plover, a few Turnstones, a few Dunlin, 2 redshanks and around 50 oystercatchers.

Posted March 17th at 6:05 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Dartmoor Pu Tor

Male Wheatear investigating the location, hopefully Peregrine fly-by didn’t put him off.

Posted March 17th at 5:39 pm by Phil Stevens in Bird News

Plympton

17 Siskin in the garden this afternoon. Highest count so far this year.

Posted March 17th at 4:52 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Double Locks to Powderham Church & back

Overall numbers of ducks and waders declining quickly. 

Three Goosander (2M,F) on river by Double Locks. Great White Egret flew over cycle path and south 930 ish. 
Exminster Marsh - Quiet by recent standards. 230+ Wigeon, 155+ Teal, 57+ Shoveler, 6 Pintail. 1st wint Marsh Harrier was the best of it. One singing Chiffchaff. 24 DB Brents.

From Turf/Powderham Corner, 96 Shelduck, 100 Curlew, 106 Dunlin, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 30 Avocet & single Grey Plover. 

First few Peacocks out and a single Small Tortoiseshell. 

Posted March 17th at 3:18 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet on this morning's low tide, but did have 2 pairs of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, Red-crested Pochard (female), a redhead Goosander, & 10 Roe Deer.

Still 6 Greenshanks around on yesterday evening's high tide.

A planning application has now been submitted for a solar farm on Chelson Meadow, a wildlife-rich part of this site. Although some concessions have been secured, there are still serious concerns over the impact on wildlife. Please put in a planning objection before next Tuesday, 22nd March. You can email or send comments by post if you don't want to register through the planning portal. Details here:- 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BxR6nA2gtPaV5x2lDg4mmSnU8XLo2la3_QWYCKuPaU/edit?usp=sharing

Posted March 17th at 2:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill this morning.

Glossy Ibis , 5.    Single Ruff , Spotted Redshank , Greenshank , around 

100 Black tailed , 80+ Common Redshank.

Posted March 17th at 12:53 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Escot Park

Two redhead Goosanders on the lake this morning. Other bits: 2 Goldcrest, Jay, Stock Dove and a Small Tortoishell ventured out.

Yesterday, in the garden,  my first Brimstone for the year.

Posted March 17th at 11:18 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Dartmoor

Today (Wednesday) while working near Chagford, I spotted five different finches in a single Garden.10 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, dozens of Siskins, at least 12 Brambling  and 2-3 Redpoll.  In the same garden were 5 or 6 Great tits, 4 Blue tits and a Great spotted Woodpecker.

Eds - Looks like a Lesser Redpoll, unless you saw something diagnostic, not visible in the photo, to confirm Mealy (ie Common)? 

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Brambling
Brambling

Posted March 17th at 12:32 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 16th March 2022

Stuartline Birdwatching Cruise 16th March

This morning’s cruise started with rain however all the visitors were well togged up and raring to go. With 100+ mixed flock of Gulls at the entrance to the marina following fish waste disposal kicked off the cruise on a bouyant note.

DB Brent Geese we’re the main stay with several Turnstones and Oystercatcher on view in the lower reaches of the Estuary. Again Little Egret Shag Cormorant and Curlew were seen around Starcross. Great Crested Grebe showed well from Lympstone to Exton with a few Grey Heron showing towards the Sailing Club with several birds around the Heronry. The Clyst confluence produced 30+ Avocets at a distance then the flock decided to fly closer to the Tudor Rose for better views!

Migration has certainly kicked in with the bulk of the flock now departed. Godwits were absent at close quarters but a few were seen at a distance Redshank were numerous towards Topsham with a brief view of the Spotted Red. A lovely mixed flock of Grey Plover and Dunlin was seen feeding then decided to put on a display near to the boat. Red Breasted Mergansers were seen close to the boat towards Topsham with flyby’s of good numbers of DB Brent Geese. With the weather improving on our return home we stopped for a good 5 minutes at Turf lock to watch a Kingfisher fishing off the end of the wall, this was a real treat for many seeing a Kingfisher so close this sighting capped off another great cruise for the visitors.

Posted March 16th at 8:29 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Riverside Country Park

Walk from Double Locks to Quayside & back today. Best was 7 Sand Martin over the river. Otherwise Sparrowhawk, 9+ Teal & male Reed Bunting. 

Posted March 16th at 7:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Ringing this morning shows that the seasons are progressing. 7 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest were probably all migrants, but the Redwing shows that there are still some Winter birds around. An adult male Sparrowhawk was probably bird of the day, although a Great White Egret flew by (again? - I thought I saw one a while back) and others reported Marsh Harrier and Barn Owl (which was seen to fly into and out of the reserve!)

Posted March 16th at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 15th March 2022

Wrafton pond

Sunday morning my son took this long distance photo of a Sand Martin over Wrafton Pond. It was one of many flying around over the pond.

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 15th at 9:53 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ruff and wheater

Late post, but yesterday at Bowling green marsh around 2.30 was a single Ruff amongst the Godwits.

Today at Ermswerthy mire , single male wheater on the walls around the barn.

Eds - Please put location in post's title.

Posted March 15th at 9:52 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Exminster Marshes this morning

A distant Marsh Harrier on arrival. Walking down to the canal two Glossy Ibis flew over South. A small flock of 12ish Golden Plover over. Lots of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and some Curlew. A few Pintail and Tufted Duck. On the canal the sun started to shine and quite a lot of Chiffchaffs started singing suddenly. Then two Glossy Ibis flew over towards Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted March 15th at 9:49 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Two Hawfinches, 5 Bramblings (3m), c20 Siskins & 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, this afternoon.

Posted March 15th at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Stokely Pond Torcross

7 cattle egrets this morning

Posted March 15th at 8:24 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

Avon Dam

As well as the winter regulars at the Avon Dam this morning - Mallard 8, Teal 8, Goosander 5 - two regular non-breeding spring visitors made their first appearance of the year, 2 Canada Geese and a Great Crested Grebe.

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted March 15th at 7:41 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

Just Teal on the scrape this morning, and a couple of Chiffchaffs singing around Wrafton Pond. In the reserve a Goldcrest, and 4 or 5 Chiffchaffs very busy feeding, but not in song. New in I think. Still 7 Canada Geese, and 6 Gadwall on the pond. A Cetti's Warbler, a Raven over. Walked down late afternoon to check Wrafton Pond again, glad I did - about 85 Godwits had appeared, along with a Grey Heron which spooked them a bit. Best were the 5 Sand Martins hawking quite high over.

Posted March 15th at 7:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes

The Upper Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cormorant.

Lower Tamar Lake.

6 Goosander 2m 4f, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Cormorant

Posted March 15th at 7:07 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Stuartline Guided Birdwatching Cruise

A calm mild with glimpses of the sun greeted our visitors this morning for this bird watching cruise on the Tudor Rose which was her first outing for this year.
Plenty of DB Brent Geese were seen in the lower stretches with Turnstones around Starcross. Little Egrets and Grey Herons were in numbers as were the Great Creasted Grebe all in Summer plumage. Red Breasted Mergansers were also showing although at a distance. As we approached The Clyst confluence a Group of around 30 Avocets were feeding which thrilled the visitors and further up the Clyst with a Little Egret was a Juv. Spoonbill preening which was also nice to see. 
Curlews and a nice group of Bar-tailed Godwit with plenty of Dunlin seen towards Turf corner. Again Red Breasted Mergansers were seen along with plenty of DB Brent Geese. Several Grey Plover seen here to.
Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwit were plentiful to Topsham and to finish the cruise at Topsham the Spotted Redshank showed with a Greenshank. As we approached Exmouth Marina a real live Grey Seal was spotted! which finished off a very pleasant Cruise.

Posted March 15th at 5:46 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Lynton

Two Wheatear and about 100 Razorbills on the sea. 

Posted March 15th at 3:03 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

6 hours on Exminster today with Pete Aley

3 Glossy Ibis on Exminster Marsh today. Two flew into field near Turf Hotel, then flew over Topsham before heading SE. The third seen over Powderham Marsh, probably put up by Marsh Harrier, circled a few times and then headed towards Exminster. Also Imm Spoonbill, 4 Sand Martin, 290 Wigeon, 155+ Teal, 46+ Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 2 Tufted, 2 1st w Marsh Harrier, 40+ Barwit, 30 Avocet & 30+ Golden Plover on estuary, Kingfisher, singing Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting & a Kestrel. 

Posted March 15th at 2:59 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

First Swallow this morning plus 23 Chiffchaffs, 20 in song. Also 6 Ravens flying high west. Greenfinches seemed to have recovered in numbers (only 2 pairs a few years ago) - looking at 20+ pairs

Posted March 15th at 12:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saunton

A single Swallow at Saunton Sands this morning.

Posted March 15th at 10:07 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

87 Golden Plover on the down this morning. About 40 Redwing just after dawn in the trees at the base - some singing.

Posted March 15th at 8:34 am by Chris E in Bird News

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