Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2022

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Wednesday 21st September 2022

Roller at Bere Ferrers 21st Sept 2022

Roller put on a spectacular show for us today , swooping down and catching prey right in front of a large crowd of birders.

Just swooped down and hopefully caught some prey.
Just swooped down and hopefully caught some prey.
At times it just sat in the sunshine on that gorgeous spire.
At times it just sat in the sunshine on that gorgeous spire.

Posted September 21st at 11:10 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Great White Egret this evening, 7 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler.

Posted September 21st at 9:26 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

River Dart - Stoke Gabriel

1 Osprey and juv Black Tern (been present for over a week now). Viewed from Stoke Gabriel yacht club headland this evening.

Posted September 21st at 7:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

Great views of the Roller this afternoon near to village Social Club. On the nearby Tavy, Curlew Sandpipers and Dunlin plus 2 Dabchick. A distant Osprey flew downriver carrying a large fish.

Roller
Roller
Distant view of Osprey
Distant view of Osprey

Posted September 21st at 7:38 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saltram/Blaxton Meadow

This afternoon on the incoming tide , 30 Oystercatcher , 14 Bartailed Godwit , 13 Curlew , 10 Little Egret , 13  Carrion Crow , 5 Jackdaw , 4 Grey Heron , 180 C Blackheaded Gull , 92 Herring Gull.  Flying over Sparrow Hawk and Buzzard.

Posted September 21st at 7:25 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 21st September

1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin, 29 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 1 Barnacle Goose, 410 Canada Goose, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, c100 Herring Gull, c60 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lesser BB Gull.

Posted September 21st at 4:26 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Broadhembury

Yesterday (Tuesday) while working in Broadhembury there were two Nuthatch, two Coal tits, a Robin, a Wren lots of Blue and Great tits, a Jay and a single Chiffchaff (I believe).

Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted September 21st at 1:36 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 20th September 2022

Exminster Marshes & Bowling Green Marsh

A soaring Osprey at EM and 7 Curlew Sandpipers at BGM were the highlights for Paul McEleny and I today. Other salient sightings were c20 Barwits, c30 Grey Plovers, 1 Golden Plover & 8 Ringed Plovers, all from the platform at BGM at high tide. A Clouded Yellow was at EM. 

Posted September 20th at 6:44 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Horsey Island

Quick early evening visit to Horsey and Wrafton Scrape this evening at 1700hrs. Wheatear showing on the jetty by cross banks, little owl, dozen or so Dunlin with a few Redshank.  4 Little Grebes, Heron and Mute Swans. 
2 Marsh Harriers and Sparrowhawk,
 topped the visit off.

A stop at Wrafton Scrape on the way home to see the Spotted Redshank still there. 

Posted September 20th at 6:39 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Glossy ibis

Pair of glossy ibis seen in creek between Fremington Quay and Muddlebridge today at about 3pm

Posted September 20th at 3:37 pm by Tim Buckley in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

European roller showing well, around the social club area, 11.00am

Posted September 20th at 2:33 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

East Soar

A distinct lack of passerines this morning so focus turned to movements of 1700 House Martins moving west in 2 hours plus 183 Meadow Pipits also moving west. Plus: 90 Swallows, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Pied Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, Sparrowhawk & 160 Linnets. 

Non-avian: 4 Clouded Yellows.

Posted September 20th at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bere Ferrers - Roller

To the delight of a small gathering of local and not so local birders, the juvenile Roller, that had been presumed gone gave, first of all distant views in fields below the allotments, having swapped places on the telephone pole with a Buzzard, then gave amazing close views on the cross on the church spire and nearby tv aerials.

Roller
Roller

Posted September 20th at 12:11 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Wryneck seen around visitors centre 10 30 am

Posted September 20th at 11:26 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Lyme Bay Cruise

A cruise out of Brixham on Sunday started well with 7 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Purple Sandpipers before we left the harbour. Then with some fantastic close sightings of Arctic Skuas - probably around 10 birds seen in total. a brief sighting of probably a Sooty Shearwater. An interesting Skua at the time of seeing it we had reservations over (almost entirely down to the way it flew off - fast and low - but not chasing) was actually a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. A bit of a choppy sea made watching and trying to get detail on slightly distant birds hard - thank goodness for good cameras (Mark Darlaston's in this case)!

  Arctic Skua & Kittiwale Lyme Bay 18 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson    Long-tailed Skua juv Lyme Bay 18 Sep 22 Mark Darlaston

   pale juv Arctic Skua and Kittiwake (Bill Coulson)          juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Mark Darlaston)

 

Posted September 20th at 8:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 19th September 2022

Wrafton

Only two Godwits on the scrape, but the Spotted Redshank was still charging about, head under water feeding. Only a dozen Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond. Heron and Kingfisher in the reserve plus a Stock Dove exiting the building in there as if it might still be breeding. 

Posted September 19th at 7:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth

Great White Egret seen flying north over Hulham Road at 1635 from the window of my home.

Posted September 19th at 6:53 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 19th September

1 juv Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 3 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 70 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 40 Lesser BB Gull, 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron.

Posted September 19th at 6:46 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Blaxton Wood Viewing Point

On a cycle ride 19-09-22:

Osprey seen well flying upstream passed Gnatham Farm at 1100, then harassed by crows it then flew downstream again passing close. Also seen en- route Cattle Egret (2) in a field with cows near Ashleigh Barton.

Posted September 19th at 5:31 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

07:54-12:53

Eurasian Spoonbill (3); Snipe; and 1 Cattle Egret over were the highlights.

Posted September 19th at 5:15 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Soar - migrants and residents

A beautiful morning for a walk around Soar turned out to be quiet. The only migrants were half a dozen Willow Warblers and single Wheatear and Whitethroat, plus c.30 Swallows and c.20 House Martins; also one Peregrine and a couple of Kestrels. The Stonechats seem to have had a very good year, with about 20 at Middle Soar, mostly juveniles.



Posted September 19th at 4:21 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Tavy Est/Maristow

At 0900 an Osprey passed Maristow going upstream beneath tree-top height. About ten minutes later another Osprey was seen down the estuary heading for Tavy Bridge area.

Also seen one male Peregrine that spent some time in a tree, two Little Grebes, five Little Egrets, Stock Dove calling, three Common Sandpipers, and a Greenshank

Posted September 19th at 4:13 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Bar-tailed godwit flock is slowly increasing - now 14 birds; also, Knot, 3+ Common Sandpipers, 8 Greenshanks, 14 Dunlin, 23 Oystercatchers, 2 Teal, 2 Kingfishers, at least 1 Grey Wagtail, Firecrest & Green Woodpecker.

Yesterday, Black-tailed Godwit, Peregrine, 6+ Turnstones, Small Heath, Small Copper & Clouded Yellow. 

Posted September 19th at 2:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 18th September 2022

Heanton Court to Wrafton Pond

A morning walk from Heanton Court where there were a few House Sparrows, a few Redshank and Greenshank seen nearby and on to Wrafton pond where there were a few Black tailed Godwit and a single Spotted Redshank were seen on the Scrape. 

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
Redshank
Redshank

Posted September 18th at 9:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Choughs at Gammon Head

A great joy to see and hear choughs in Devonl. Three seen this afternoon, just east of Gammon Head above Eleander cove.

Posted September 18th at 9:29 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Very quiet late afternoon on the Down. A GWP and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers seen on the way back along the bridlepath.                              A solitary Dipper seen in the dying light on the Tory Brook near Loughtor Mill.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Dipper
Dipper

Posted September 18th at 7:12 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Powderham marshes

Osprey hunting near Starcros and Great and cattle egrets among the many herons and little egrets

Posted September 18th at 6:55 pm by Sam Cooke-Thomas in Bird News

Great White Egret

Clennon Valley Red ACA showing very well this afternoon, its almost tame.

Been at Clennon Valley each of last 3 days, but not all the time

Posted September 18th at 4:37 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

08:14-11:23

Plenty of Dartford Warbler; Kestrel; Chiffchaff; Nuthatch: Raven; Stonechat; Blackcap (2 female); Goldcrest and Coal Tit amongst other species.

Posted September 18th at 2:19 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton pond and scrape

A mid morning visit was rewarded with close views of a juvenile Spotted Redshank (thank you Jon Turner for confirming our suspicion) feeding with three Black Tailed Godwit in the small scrape. A further 20 or so BTG's in the main scrape. Mallard and <50 BHG's on the pond.

Juvenile Spotted Redshank
Juvenile Spotted Redshank

Posted September 18th at 1:59 pm by Philip and Susan Naylor in Bird News

Wrafton

Even more Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond this morning - 200? Out on the scrape 26 Black-tailed Godwits and the Spotted Redshank still. Probably 3 calling Cetti's Warblers in the reserve, and both Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher in the river.

Posted September 18th at 1:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram

At Blaxton Meadow yesterday: Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Common Sandpipers, Dunlins, Redshank, Greenshank, Knots, L. Egrets, Herons, Mandarin Ducks, Stock Dove, Jays and a Kingfisher.

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits
Knot
Knot

Posted September 18th at 10:53 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Swift at East Prawle

Single swift seen over the village at 08.15 this morning. 

Posted September 18th at 9:45 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Chiffchaff

Five Chiffchaff in the garden first thing this morning "hunting" for aphids 

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted September 18th at 9:06 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 17th September 2022

Exminster Marsh & Turf Hotel

Lunch time visit to Exminster Marsh and Turf Hotel. Osprey feeding south of Lympstone. 35+ Sandwich Tern on estuary. 2 Cattle Egret south of Lagoon was best of visit. 

Posted September 17th at 7:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Velator

The highlights from a late morning walk from Velator to Horsey Island - ringed plover, dunlin, buzzard, kestrel, little owl, mute swan, moorhen, cormorant, Canada geese, little grebe, goldfinch, a lone swallow, linnet, wheatear.

Posted September 17th at 7:26 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Wrafton pond and scrape

After a few days away took the bike down to check the scrape. About 40 Godwits, and the Spotted Redshank still present. About 140 Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond.

Posted September 17th at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Wryneck still by ponds (re.Ritchie Moore) plus 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 41 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, Green Woodepecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 50 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 20 Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear, 48 Robin and a possible influx of 19 Wren - not sure they move much!

Non-avian: 5 Clouded Yellow, 21 Red Admiral & 3 Hornet Robber Fly.

Posted September 17th at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good selection of waders on Blaxton Meadow this morning including: 3 Knots (2 juvs + ad), 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Dunlins & 23 Oystercatchers.

Also, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Whinchat, 3+ Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk & a Small Heath. 

Posted September 17th at 2:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Yealm Estuary

Osprey causing havoc among the roosting gulls at high tide this morning, before flying east. Also Firecrest along estuary footpath. What3Words: ///along.brightly.nips

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted September 17th at 12:00 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Osprey - Brixham

Friday 16th Sept. Sat in the garden at 10.30AM, in Brixham, and an Osprey flew over, heading north east.  Later the same day, on the steam train at Staverton, another Osprey, flying down river towards Totnes.

Posted September 17th at 9:02 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Male sparrowhawk perched on a bird feeder in my garden in Brixham this morning.

Posted September 17th at 8:36 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Friday 16th September 2022

Around Bideford

Wednesday 14th, Instow. 1 Med Gull, 4 Wheatear 1 Greenfinch. Fremington Quay at low tide. 1 Glossy Ibis,1 Bar tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew Sandpiper. 

Friday 16. Fremington Quay to Isley at high tide. 1 Osprey, 2 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper

Posted September 16th at 8:29 pm by Martin Sage in Bird News

Molland Common

Today on Molland Common were 10-15 Red-Legged Partridge a few Stonechat and Linnets.


Posted September 16th at 8:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ashford Strand on falling tide

A walk from Heanton Court to Ashford Garden Centre and back on the falling tide this afternoon  most notably were about 30 Black Tailed Godwit a single Bar Tailed Godwit and a 3 or 4 Greenshank keeping the plentiful Redshank company. Half a dozen Curlew none of which sported any leg rings made up the tally along with <40 Oystercatcher. 

Greenshank
Greenshank
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 16th at 7:23 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

9 Cattle Egret observed from viewing platform today.

Posted September 16th at 7:05 pm by Geoff & Jane Penton in Bird News

Soar

During a wander this morning: Red Kite (going west along the cliffs), 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit, 22 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatears & 6 Clouded Yellows (including a helice). 

Posted September 16th at 5:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 juv Spotted Redshank foraging amongst the Black - tailed Godwits.

Very fast foraging behaviour with head & neck submerged most of the time,only raising the bill for a fraction of a second to take a quick breath or to consume prey.

Difficult to photograph with the sun full on.



Posted September 16th at 4:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A cycle down to Bowling Green Marsh have enjoyable lunchtime. Little Stint Juv, 4 Curlew Sand, 4 Avocet, 11 Knot, 20 Barwit, 160+ Dunlin, 22 Lapwing, 25+ Greenshank, 206 Curlew, Whimbrel, 28 Little Egret, 75 Teal, 205 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler on Bowling Green Marsh, with 35+ Sandwich Tern & 1 Common Tern off viewing platform.

2 Green Sandpiper on pools above Countess Weir on way back. 

Posted September 16th at 3:35 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Velator harbour

A photo has recently (today!) been posted on the Friends of Brauntob Marsh facebook page showing a very smart summer plumage Red-throated Diver!!

Posted September 16th at 3:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram 16th Sept 2022

At about 1100 an Osprey drifted over very high moving SE.  Towards the Yealm perhaps?

Posted September 16th at 2:10 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Torbay

The Great White Egret ring left leg 'red ACA' was back at Clennon Lakes this morning, roosting in trees with little Egrets and a grey Heron. also present 1 Cetti's Warbler (scarce here), 2 Kingfishers, 5 Little Grebes and 4 Teal.

  GWE_LEGrt_GryHrnCLnnLks160922ML  GWECLnnLks160922ML

    Great White, Little Egrets & Grey Heron           Great White Egret ring - red left ACA

Posted September 16th at 1:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plymouth Branch meeting at Seaton 15 Sept. 2022

Plymouth branch of Devon Birds meeting at Seaton Wetlands Thursday 15 September 2022

Fourteen members of Plymouth Branch of Devon birds met on a bright and breezy day seeing a total of 50 species during their day on the reserve. A good range of species were recorded across the various habitats on the reserve. Species listed below.

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Peregrine, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Lapwing, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Knot, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

John Lloyd

Posted September 16th at 9:23 am by John Lloyd in Bird News

Slapton Ley

This afternoon/early evening at Slapton where two Water Rails were feeding around the small pond area near the bridge and later a Great White Egret dropped in. You'll see that it has a red ring (with what appears to be ACA on the ring) on its left leg.

Edit- the same GWE red ACA that was in Torbay in July 

Water Rail
Water Rail
Great  White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 16th at 12:16 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 15th September 2022

Bowling Green Marsh inc Viewing Platform

12:30 - 13:!5

7 Curlew Sandpiper; 1 Little Stint; 1 Turnstone; 17 Knot (inc 1 in near summer plumage) amongst the usual Curlew, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit etc

1 Common Tern amongst 30+ Sandwich Tern from the Goat Walk, Topsham.

Posted September 15th at 8:53 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

09:49 - 11:42

1 Dunlin; Black-tailed Godwit; 3 Common Sandpiper; 1 Green Sandpiper;  1 Kestrel; 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Peregrine; 2 Knot were the highlights.

Posted September 15th at 8:51 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Soar

Probably the same Wryneck that Rob saw earlier it was sat in bushes with a couple of Linnets on the other side of the path to the Barn Pool.

Wryneck
Wryneck
Wryneck
Wryneck

Posted September 15th at 8:29 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A brief look on this morning's high tide produced: 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 12 Greenshanks, 12 Dunlins, 189 Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher & c50 Swallows.

Posted September 15th at 5:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hobby, Dawlish

1 seen chasing hirundines over fields in between Dawlish and Holcombe, (Smugglers rest) at 15.50pm

Posted September 15th at 5:03 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

East Soar

A full morning in the field turned up a Short-eared Owl in the willows, the Wryneck pretty much in the same place as 3 days ago and a migrant Dartford Warbler on Bolt Head. Also 2 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk inc.2 moving west, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 90 Meadow Pipit moving west, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 41 Robin, 3 Whitethroat, 29 Blackcap, 61 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Raven.

Non-avian: Male Ruddy Darter watched at close quarters for several minutes, only the site's 2nd ever record, Southern Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker and a Hornet Robber Fly. Ten butterfly species inc.4 Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady, a Wall Brown & 21 Red Admiral.

Posted September 15th at 4:31 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Crownhill Down and Cadover

Crownhill Down first thing: Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit (over), Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Wheatear.

Cadover: 3 Snipe, Tree Pipit (over), c60 Linnet (around Trowlesworthy Farm).

Posted September 15th at 4:11 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wembury

Birds in the Wembury Point area over high tide this morning included 45 Oystercatchers, Whimbrel, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, four Dunlin, 31 Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Tern, Willow Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, Blackcap and four Wheatears.

Posted September 15th at 3:45 pm by David Diskin in Bird News

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