Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th March 2022

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Monday 14th March 2022

Maer Rocks, Exmouth

A couple of the 1st winter Oystercatchers sported a metal ring on the left leg whilst one also had a small blue on the left leg, plus a blue “AM” and small yellow on the right. Anyone able to interpret this bling collection?

Oystercatchers
Oystercatchers
Rings close up
Rings close up

Posted March 14th at 10:28 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Maer Rocks, Exmouth

At low tide, the exposed rocks yielded 7 Purple Sandpipers, about 10 each of Turnstones and Oystercatchers and approximately 20 Brent Geese.

Purple Sandpipers
Purple Sandpipers
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted March 14th at 10:26 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Crownhill Down

I joined the birding party (on my own) On Crownhill Down this afternoon, Golden Plover, Wheatear, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker, Skylark. Sharing images of the Skylarks and Stonechat as others have shared the Wheatear/Plover.

Skylark
Skylark
Skylark and Stonechat on Gorse
Skylark and Stonechat on Gorse

Posted March 14th at 9:47 pm by John Foster in Bird News

White Works Dartmoor

2 Female Wheatear 

Posted March 14th at 8:03 pm by Anna Easton in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Tawny Owls and Blackbirds currently competing in the orchard.Earlier 35 Chaffinches ,a female Brambling,3 GSWs,Nuthatch,Treecreeper, Marsh Tit,Goldfinch,Greenfinch,Bullfinch,3Jays and a female Kestrel.200 plus Redwing feeding on Ivy berries in the wood with regular short excursions to the neighbouring meadow.At least a third were of the Icelandic race with very dark streaks on their breasts……..not seen them before this winter.2 of the 3 rookeries on the farm have been abandoned this year but about 60 individuals have begun nest reconstruction at the third……..about 2 weeks later than usual..Perhaps predation of the young by Buzzards has been a factor at the smaller rookeries?Non avian sittings included a Stoat,a Brimstone and several Small Tortoiseshells.

Posted March 14th at 7:30 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Thorne Moor N.Devon

Love this time of year - barn owl quartering over the moor, really close by in the glorious late afternoon sun, several chiffchaffs singing and a willow tit calling.

Posted March 14th at 7:23 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Northam Black Redstart

The Black Redstart which has spent the winter by the bridge on the tip road at Northam was surprisingly still present today and showing well, as usual. 

Black Redstart at Northam
Black Redstart at Northam

Posted March 14th at 7:12 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Turf / Exminster Marshes

09:20 - 13:30

Couldn’t see any Wheatear but plenty of the usuals around - Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Avocet, Marsh Harrier (f) and 3 Glossy Ibis were the highlights.

Posted March 14th at 6:13 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A reasonable spread of birds on a lovely sunny day included: Treecreeper, 2 Stonechats (male & female), both Chiffchaff & Blackcap singing, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), 17 Mandarin Ducks, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 9 Roe Deer & 2 Peacock butterflies.

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 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 14th at 3:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Pics from previous report

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 14th at 2:07 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Crownhill Down

On Crownhill Down this morning: Redwings, Reed Buntings 2, Golden Plover 50+, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Robins 2, Wrens 2, Stonechats 8, Wheatears 3, Jay 1, Magpies 3,Kestrel 1, Ravens 3, Canada Geese 7,Snipe 1.

Posted March 14th at 1:56 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cadover & Trowlesworthy Tor.

Seen first thing this morning 3 Wheatear's (all male), 120+ Golden Plover  on the Tor and 4 Reed Bunting (3m 1f). Skylark and Meadow Pipit in full song.

Posted March 14th at 1:54 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Ludwell Valley Park

Yesterday afternoon we saw a kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail and WATER RAIL(!) in the brook, plus a lot of newly arrived chiffchaffs about in the willows.

Posted March 14th at 7:41 am by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Sunday 13th March 2022

Northam Burrows

More Wheatears! At least seven feeding around Skern pool this afternoon. Stunning birds. 

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 13th at 11:05 pm by SUSAN AMBLER in Bird News

Exe Estuary

During this afternoon's WeBS count, there were 2 Little Gulls (ad + fw) feeding in the lower part of the estuary, visible from Cockwood steps. Nearby, a Red Kite appeared briefly over woodland above Eastdon. Green Woodpeckers called there and at Dawlish Warren. The WeBS totals for the Starcross to Dawlish Warren golf course section included 7 G C Grebes, 360 Brent Geese, including a Pale-bellied Brent at Starcross, 7 Mergansers and 6 Greenshank.

Posted March 13th at 10:53 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

pink Footed Goose image

Image for previous post showing right eye 


Posted March 13th at 10:19 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Pink footed Goose at Teigngrace still showing

A quick run out this morning between showers bagged this nice local tick. The bird was showing well feeding amongst but, keeping a distance from the Canada Geese. At one point the bird was surrounded and tried to make itself look somewhat bigger with little effect on the Canada geese. One thing I did notice from my images is that it’s right eye seems to be clouded over, perhaps it’s blind in one eye? The what three words location was purest.pigtails.destroyer

Posted March 13th at 10:08 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Appledore

2 Chiffchaff on the Coast Path near the Shipyard at Appledore. Good views of 2 and possibly a 3rd calling some distance away. Two Redwing still around on horse field at Northam.

Posted March 13th at 8:06 pm by Stan Coats in Bird News

Brambling in Chagford

At least three around the bird feeders on Meldon road. 

Posted March 13th at 7:35 pm by R Penrose in Bird News

Wrafton pond

This morning (late morning) my son and I popped down to Wrafton Pond where we saw a  good number of Sand Martins, two Drake Pochards, two Little Grebes, a Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff.

Pochard
Pochard
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted March 13th at 7:10 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wheatear Northam Burrows

Two early arrivals on Northam Burrows today, two Northern Wheatear , one by the golf course, 8th tee, and another over by the scrape near the end of the tip road keeping company with about 10 Linnet.   A Kingfisher also seen in the gut draining from in front of the golf clubhouse.

Northern Wheatear by 8th tee RNDGC
Northern Wheatear by 8th tee RNDGC
Northern Wheatear by end of tip road
Northern Wheatear by end of tip road

Posted March 13th at 6:58 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Starcross - Exminster

In Powderham Park were the regular Egyptian Goose pair, 80+ Shelducks, mostly sitting in pairs, and, new since last week, 15+ Stock Doves and 2 Gadwall. A bonus was an eye-level Treecreeper in the churchyard.

In the estuary were still 15+ R-b Mergansers, but Pintail were down to c25 against 80+ last week. Couldn't see any Avocets, Knot or Grey Plovers.

On Exminster Marsh were singles of Marsh Harrier and Spoonbill, and 5 Tufted Ducks. I checked the males carefully, but all were white-flanked, alas.

Back in Exeter, what was probably my last Redwing until Autumn was in a canal-side Alder, and the local Ravens seem to be incubating high up on one of the Grid pylons.

Posted March 13th at 5:15 pm by James Camden in Bird News

High veer point Razorbills

Saturday 12th, a raft of 66+ Razorbills, plus 4 Guillemots just off Highveer point, Heddon Valley, midday. My first sighting of Exmoor auks of year.

Posted March 13th at 5:09 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Water Rail Saunton

After seeing the post about the water rail at Saunton cottages, I thought I’d pop down and have a look. Sure enough it was in the same spot and I watchedit for a good 30minutes. Marvellous. Another year tick!

Thanks Phil and Sue.

Posted March 13th at 4:53 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Crownhill Down - Wheatears

After tips from Bob B & Chris E, went for our first Wheatears of the season. There were also a pair of Stonechats on the same gorse bush with the Wheatears, I just wasn't quick enough with the shutter button!



Posted March 13th at 4:32 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Ludwell Valley Park

Dipper, kingfisher and WATER RAIL(!) seen in the brook, plus several chiffchaffs that look to be new arrivals. Rail was skulking along the far bank on one of the bends, I almost missed it!

Posted March 13th at 4:21 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Two Wheatear at the top of the down.

Posted March 13th at 9:17 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 12th March 2022

R Otter at Fluxton

A walk along the river this am, Little Egret fishing at the weir, Kingfisher, Chetti's briefly singing, first chiffchaff of the year behind the Salston Manor, and 2 Otters, one showing well as it hunted for fish etc.


Posted March 12th at 9:20 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Wheatears ....Northam Burrows

One seen exploring the pebble ridge and golf course at the mouth of the estuary....near the 8th green. A second was near the dump road and Skern pool. Both birds too skittish for a passable photo.

Posted March 12th at 8:43 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Sand Martin ~ Dawlish Warren

A solitary Sand Martin seen over Dawlish Warren today.

Posted March 12th at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Friday 11th March

Three Mediterranean Gulls (on Blaxton Meadow at high tide), 2 in summer plumage including Polish-ringed PHAU. Also, 5 Goosanders (1 drake), 36 Mandarin Ducks, single Common Sandpiper & Greenshank & a flock of c35 Siskins.

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 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 12th at 4:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ladram Bay

More than 3 dozen Common Scoter diving below Brandy Head. At least 2 Fulmars.

Posted March 12th at 4:23 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

At least 3 sand martins buzzing about this afternoon over the lake. No sign of the ring necked duck. A peregrine came through and scared off all the godwits, stooping several times before flying off.

Posted March 12th at 4:20 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Broadsands

1 male Snow Bunting flew low >N looked like it might have put down on cliffs between Elberry and Broadsands but no sign after a short search.

On the sea 42 Great Crested Gebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 16+ Common Dolphins & 1 Harbour Porpoise (unusual this far in bay).

Posted March 12th at 4:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Pink foot Teigngrace

The pf goose grazing in fields NW of causeway this afternoon

Posted March 12th at 3:32 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Torcross

The 8 Cattle Egrets feeding in the field around Stokeley pond this afternoon.

Posted March 12th at 2:52 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Wifey sent me to Tesco for a few items, but I went via Fremington Pill where I saw two Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, some Redshank, a Little Egret and a lot of Black-tailed Godwit including to fully clothed birds.

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted March 12th at 2:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Home Farm Reserve near Fremington Pill

3 Swallows. Earliest we've ever seen them in N Devon 

Posted March 12th at 2:15 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walk to Turf and back along canal. Strong southerly breeze so most birds well hidden. No sign of the chiffchaffs that were so evident yesterday. Still good numbers of teal, wigeon and shoveller. Few waders. Two spoonbills at the roost and a single male wheatear from Station Road.

Posted March 12th at 1:45 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Purple Sandpiper with 5 Turnstone this morning, foraging on the rocks in front of Pier one restaurant. 

Posted March 12th at 1:45 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down early this am: Jays 2, Dunnock 1, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats, Goldfinches 8,Golden Plover and Wheatears 4, my first of the year.

Jay
Jay
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 12th at 1:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

6 Common Buzzards over this morning between 10:50 and 11:15 inc. a group of four. The resident male came up to meet them calling constantly and made sure they moved through, generally heading east.

Posted March 12th at 12:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Redford lake Plymouth

5 singing Chiffchaff,2 Black caps . 1Firecrest.

Posted March 12th at 12:04 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Baggy

Early morning - 1 Wheatear seen from the footpath on top of the cliff top.

Posted March 12th at 10:43 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 11th March 2022

Ilfracombe Harbour

This afternoon 2 Sandwich Terns around the harbour.

Posted March 11th at 10:00 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lower Otter

Group of three green sandpipers still around. On the large scrape between the huge dead tree and the aqueduct. 

Posted March 11th at 8:54 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Haldon Forest bird feeders

An hour at Haldon Forest feeders in the rain today produced 7+ Brambling, 60+ Chaffinch, 30+ Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Redpoll & 2 GS Woodpecker. 

One benefit of the rain was few people about, so birds stayed put for longer. 

Posted March 11th at 7:35 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

1 Sand Martin over the pond late aft.

Posted March 11th at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

The Upper Lake this morning.

3 Tundra Bean Geese, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, c20  Fieldfare,

Posted March 11th at 4:40 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Ilfracombe Harbour

2 Sandwich Terns around the outer harbour this afternoon.

Posted March 11th at 4:04 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Stover Lake

Quick walk around the lake this morning. Still good duck numbers, with 7 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon and a pair of Gooander.

Posted March 11th at 12:03 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Teigngrace

Yesterday at Teigngrace: Canada Geese with the Pink Footed Goose and a Canada/Barnacle hybrid? (Eds - appears to be a partially albino Canada) Little Egrets, Mute Swans, Magpies and Carrion Crows.

 

Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Canada Goose/Barnacle hybrid
Canada Goose/Barnacle hybrid

Posted March 11th at 11:17 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Moretonhampstead

Small flock of Bramblings feeding in the garden today. At present about 18

Posted March 11th at 11:08 am by Mary Irving in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Yesterday at Yarner Wood: Wood pigeon, GSW, Blackbird, Blue, Great, Coal, Marsh and L T tits, C. Crow Stonechat, Wren, Raven, Dunnock, Buzzard, Mallard, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Siskin.

Chaffinch
Chaffinch
Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Posted March 11th at 10:55 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 10th March 2022

Wrafton pond & Scrape

Late afternoon at Wrafton Pond area where a single Snipe was enjoying the golden sunlight.  Out on the scrape (smaller pond) a single Heron stood still for just a few shots.

Snipe
Snipe
Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted March 10th at 11:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Yeo Mill

While in Yeo Mill area South Molton, I spotted two Great Spotted Woodpecker, one Marsh Tit, two Long tailed Tit, one Coal Tit, one Pied Wagtail, one Grey Wagtail, Two Dunnocks and a Goldcrest.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dunnock
Dunnock

Posted March 10th at 9:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Walked Darts fam to Topsham today noticablly quiter than a month ago when we were last here the Ring necked duck was distant and we found this Chiffchaff? hawking from a bush and spotted the Curlew from the crossing by railway bush maybe the leg rings could be identified

Bill and Jill Beck

Chiffchaff?
Chiffchaff?
Curlew
Curlew

Posted March 10th at 8:49 pm by William Beck in Bird News

Heddon Valley, N Devon

2 Chiffchaff singing - my first of the year.

Posted March 10th at 8:22 pm by Chris Dee in Bird News

Exmouth

Straight Point: c120 kittiwakes on cliffs viewed from Sandy Bay; male kestrel, buzzard, raft of 14 Brent geese, 2 GBB gulls and 5 cormorants atop cliffs.

Mar Lane: 2 ring necked parakeets, stock dove

Posted March 10th at 8:00 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Lopwell/Maristow

one Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, four Ravens, calling Stock Dove, two Little Grebes, two Redshank and 50+ Shelduck on the upper estuary

Posted March 10th at 7:53 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Kenton

Immature Peregrine hunting over the Chiverstone Farm area NW of Kenton at lunchtime today, the first time I have seen one in "ordinary" farmland.

Posted March 10th at 7:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Braunton Great Field this afternoon

 After a nice birdy chat with Rob Jutsum by Saunton Farm Cottages I continued a walk towards the Burrows and stopped by the next hump backed bridge to check for anything in the dike. To my delight a  Water Rail was skulking in the shallow water not 5 metres away! Watched it for about 10 minutes as it fed happily....left it undisturbed eating its tea! 

Water Rail feeding
Water Rail feeding

Posted March 10th at 6:54 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's low tide: Great Crested Grebe, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (including Polish-ringed PHAU), adult Black-headed Gull TR6M (also Polish-ringed), 20 Common Gulls, Common Sandpiper, 28 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, 4 Goosanders (1 drake) & a male Kingfisher.

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 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 10th at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Marshes, Great Field & Wrafton Pond

The single Whooper Swan still present on the marshes with the 2 Mutes.

On the way home on Braunton Great Field delighted to see a single  Brown Hare running across the field. 

Last port of call Wrafton Pond where there were 2 Chiffchaff ,one in full song on the far side of the pond & the other visible as well as vocal in the Willows adjacent to the Tarka trail. Also vocal Cettis.


Posted March 10th at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torcross

No sign of the Cattle Egrets yesterday afternoon and only one Cattle Egret present at Stokeley pon this morning, it flew off up the valley at 9.08am.

Posted March 10th at 5:30 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Male and female Brambling at the feeders this morning along with a male Yellowhammer.

Posted March 10th at 5:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Teigngrace

The Pink-footed Goose was still at Teigngrace at about 9.20 this morning. I only had a brief view as as soon as I found it, a helicopter flew over and all the geese flew to the other side of the road, out of sight.

Posted March 10th at 4:48 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Saltram

Singing Chiffchaff. 3 Roe deer in the park. 

Posted March 10th at 4:35 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Firecrest below Okehampton Primary School

One Firecrest at 1000 this morning exploring the trees on the path below Okehampton Primary School. Very close views.

Posted March 10th at 4:30 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Nice male Wheatear at warren point today, our first for year.

Also singing Chiffchaff, which i assume is a new arrival

Posted March 10th at 4:11 pm by Steve in Bird News

Brixham

10 Purple Sandpipers on Breakwater this afternoon, My highest total of the Winter

Posted March 10th at 3:35 pm by Lloyd gray in Bird News

Chiffchaff - East Charleton

1st bird back on known breeding territory at East Charleton, this same territory held the first arrival in 2021. Feeding in Goat Willow at 13:00 with occasional singing. Arrival 4 days later than in 2021 but earlier than the recent six year average.

Posted March 10th at 1:50 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Thornhillhead N.Devon

Spring! 2 Chiffchaffs singing here. 3 days earlier than my earliest record back in 2011.

Posted March 10th at 1:34 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

24 Golden Plover on the down this morning. Many moulting into summer plumage. Reed Bunting and 10+ Skylark singing. Pix: https://bit.ly/3vRx18h 

Posted March 10th at 12:02 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 9th March 2022

Spring calling

Yellowhammers in full song near Sandford, skylarks singing. In the garden a welcome male brambling and the regular goldcrest found a caterpillar which it struggled to eat in one go.

Posted March 9th at 7:06 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Teigngrace

Pink-footed Goose still with Canadas and Mute Swans in meadow SE of Teigngrace this morning.

Pink-footed Goose and Canada Geese
Pink-footed Goose and Canada Geese

Posted March 9th at 4:43 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Slapton

8 Cattle Egrets at entrance to Stokely Farm Shop this morning.

Posted March 9th at 3:39 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry area

10 bullfinches (7m 3f) feeding on willow blossom (8 in one tree, two in another) by Frying Pans; single male teal with 11 tufted ducks, 2 Canada geese and 4 mallards on the lake. Lesser black-backed gull with herring gulls at the edge. Single greenfinch and nice male kestrel only other birds of note.

Posted March 9th at 3:38 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Tues 8th March

The male Brambling stiil around; also, Common Sandpiper, 27+ Turnstones, 27 Mandarin Ducks & female Red-crested Pochard.

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 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 9th at 3:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The drake Ring-necked Duck was back at BGM today - distant and often underwater though! Also Spotted Redshank, 100+ Avocets, several dozen Pintail, 12 Common and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a Cetti's Warbler singing by the railway.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

Posted March 9th at 2:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Valley of Rocks - Lynton

Some good sightings at Lynmouth and the Valley of Rocks yesterday. The Stonechats were numerous and particularly active.

Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted March 9th at 2:08 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Torcross this morning

Tawny Owl calling and Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming behind Holmleigh Road.

10 Great Black Backed Gulls off Stokeley Bay.

Posted March 9th at 12:21 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Yealmpton

Red Kite going E at 14.08 yesterday. 

Posted March 9th at 8:56 am by philip williams in Bird News

Tuesday 8th March 2022

South Hams

Slapton Ley off the tank 13 Gadwall, Stokeley 5 Cattle Egret.

South Huish Marsh 3 Little Egret, 42 Teal, 6 Stonechat, 9 Pied Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipit

Posted March 8th at 6:36 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Teigngrace

A Pink-footed Goose with Canadas and Mute Swans in a meadow SE of Teigngrace at SX855733 (as reported recently by Kev and Will). I viewed it from the old level crossing at the E corner of the field.

Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose

Posted March 8th at 4:49 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Crownhill Down

This morning on Crownhill Down a mixed flock of  Redwing and Fieldfare 40+, Goldfinches 6, Skylarks 15, Meadow Pipits 8, Ravens 5, Magpies 4,Reed Bunting 1. A pair of Tufted Ducks on one of the small ponds. And on the Tungsten West Lake (TWL) Cormorant 1, Shelduck 2. With at least 70 Teal and a pair of Wigeon on the nearby Portworthy Lake

Skylark
Skylark
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted March 8th at 3:38 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

OTTER ESTUARY

North of White Bridge & in the fields of the Lower Otter Restoration Project;

4 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Water Pipits with Meadow Pipits also present

Posted March 8th at 2:38 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Red Kite ~ South Brent

Just before 9 am this morning a Red Kite high over the house at  South Brent headed southerly in the murky conditions.

Green Woodpecker calling as it has been for the last few days.

Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted March 8th at 9:41 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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