Saturday, 20 November 2010
On Woodbury Common yesterday the Great Grey Shrike was seen again in the "Shrike Valley" just North of Woodbury Castle.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Hope this helps.
[from Colin Chivers]
Thursday, 18 November 2010
On the seed in the back of the second car park: 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Cirl Buntings, 1 Brambling (also seen on16th) and about a dozen Chaffinches. The marsh is surprisingly quiet with just 1 Chiffchaff, a couple of Goldcrest and a 2 Siskin.
"At the end of August and throughout September 2010, large numbers of Lapland Buntings arrived in the north of the UK, with some sites in the northern isles of Scotland boasting triple figure flocks!
As the autumn progressed these birds flew south, and it wasn’t long before Devon had a ‘slice’ of the action.
Lapland Bunting is a Devon ‘A’ rarity (full description required), except on Lundy where it is a ‘B’ rarity (supporting notes available at recorder’s request).
Due to the unprecedented numbers recorded this year, the decision has been made to downgrade Lapland Bunting to a ‘B’ rarity for the entire County this autumn. This will be reviewed at the end of 2010 and again after the spring of 2011.
Steve Waite - County Recorder"
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Mudbank Lane - Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, Black-tailed Godwit.
Shelly Beach - male Black Redstart, Razorbill.
I had just finished a telephone conversation with Mark Darlaston (at Berry Head) who reeled off a list of Skuas and Little Gulls that me and Robin Shute had not seen at the Nose and told him 'I won't come back to Hope's Nose again' turned around and told Robin I was off and then noticed a Swift (without looking through my bins) in the sky above the bay behind us - blurted to Robin 'Swift' then thought how silly that would be and thought it must be a high flying dunlin. But as I raised my bins sure enough it was a small swift with greyish under secondaries. I tried to get Robin on it just as the bird dived below the wooded background showing immediately umber brown secondaries and dark saddle and primaries and fore wing - PALLID SWIFT!!! I did not get every last detail - which would have been great, but against the dark background the exact wing tip shape was impossible to work out and it kept its tail closed all the time and at 100m or less it was still impossible to pick out any body barring - but if it had stayed high in the sky I would not have got the colour shades and white throat or obvious dark eye patches.
Field notes made on site, with watercolour added immediately on my return home.
1 Brambling at Turf, calling frequently then heading north.
500+ Woodpigeon in the small copse next to the railway crossing overlooking Shutterton Creek
a colour-marked Redshank around Turf (a Dutch-ringed bird I last saw at the same spot in Nov 2005)
Probably also the first time I've walked past a major rarity and not stopped to look - weird feeling!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Long-tailed Duck reported again on Birdguides today - anyone know from where it was seen?
Yesterday, waterfowl numbers on the Teign were as follows:
Passage House - 63 Redshank, 37 Curlew, 9 Greenshank, 11 Oystercatcher, 9 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Shelduck & 9 Little Grebe.
Flow Point - 66 Curlew, 28 Oystercatcher, 15 Redshank, 9 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and a Shelduck.
The Salty - 320 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew.
Clennon Valley: 10 collybita Chiffchaffs 1 tristis Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrests 3 Snipe, 3 Water Rail, 1 Pochard, 3 Shoveler. Couldn't find the Yellow-browed Warbler today.
Paignton Zoo: 2 Firecrests by the Snowy Owl enclosure (Thanks Dave Smallshire)
Monday, 15 November 2010
Later on, a female Black Redstart was seen near the Exe Sailing Club, Shelly Beach at 1600hrs.
Great still sunny conditions.
Yellow-browed Warbler re-located at 1020hrs on path just past bottom pond in small Sycamore away from its favoured spot. It was calling frequently and very mobile, although gave good views whilst in Sycamore. Due to childcare commitments I was unable to stay unfortunately and the bird moved high up in trees on the football pitch side could only be heard calling.
Also present were 10 Goldcrest(1 group of 8).
At least 8 Chiffchaff were present and probably more but didnt have the time to check, they seemed to be popping up everywhere.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
8 Spoonbill including Dutch flagged bird but no sign of "FJ9".
10 Bar-tailed Godwits.
10 Grey Plover.
1 Great Crested Grebe.
1 1stW male Red-breasted Merganser off Isley and again between the jetties.
2 Ringed Black-headed Gulls. 1 with just metal ring, t`other with coloured rings on right tibia. Unable to i/d colours due to distance.
Orcombe Point - heavy rain, no wind - 1020-1120am - snipe 2, chaffinch c40+, meadow pipit c40+, skylark c50+ starling c30+, pied wagtail c20+ corn bunting 1 (mobile and elusive around top stubble field - interestingly the previous record for these fields was 17th November 2007 - almost exactly three years ago).
Mudbank - scaup 4 - flock size very slowly increasing!