Wise Birding Holidays

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Garden Ring-necked Parakeets

A surprise addition to the garden list today were two vocal Ring-necked Parakeets. The only other Parakeet I have seen in the Budleigh area was one on the Otter in October 2010. 

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Short-eared Owl

Just one Short-eared Owl on Woodbury Common this evening.
Short-eared Owl, Woodbury Common

Friday, 8 November 2019

Short-eared Owls and Med Gulls

Great to see 2 Short-eared Owls hunting on the Commons at dusk this evening, just below Warren Car Park. One of my favourite birds!

On the 6th November on the Otter, there were two Mediterranean Gulls on the estuary, one of which was colour-ringed. Seems to be a Polish bird.

2nd Winter Med Gull

Adult Med Gull with Polish colour ring PNJ2

Monday, 4 November 2019

More Firecrest

Three different Firecrest today around the patch. One along the Otter, another along South Farm Road and the third in the small woodland at Jubilee Green on the West Cliffs.

Common Firecrest, Jubilee Green, Budleigh Salterton

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Garden Firecrest

Great to see a Firecrest in the front garden today. A new bird for the garden!
It takes the garden tally to 73 species, the last new species was Common Whitethroat in April 2018.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Med Gull and Hen Harrier

Yesterday afternoon a wander around the Otter and notable species included 1 ad Med Gull and 17 Curlew on the scrapes with numbers of Teal and Wigeon slowly increasing.
On the Commons, the male Hen Harrier again (first seen on Thursday 24th) hunting to the south of the Grenade Range.

Other notable birds on the patch in recent days:
Firecrest - 20th Oct (West Cliffs)
Merlin - 2 birds a male and a fem/imm 21st Oct (Woodbury)

Adult Mediterranean Gull - Otter Estuary

Adult Male Hen Harrier - Woodbury Common

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

St Martin's, Isles of Scilly 2019

Just returned from a great week on Scilly where the clear birding highlight was finding a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on St Martin's. What more could you ask for!? 

Rather than duplicate what I have done already, you can read my write-up of the find on these links: Rare Bird Alert and Birdguides or alternatively, simply enjoy the photos from our week below!

Lower Town Quay, St Martin's looking towards Round Island

Spotted Crake St Mary's

First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's

First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's

First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's - Fresh in and being mobbed by Meadow Pipits!

Pied Flycatcher, St Martin's

Spotted Flycatcher, St Martin's

St Martin's looking towards Great Bay

St Martin's looking towards the Eastern Isles

Little Bunting, St Martin's

Golden Plover and Snipe, St Martin's

Curlew, Whimbrel and Oystercatchers, St Martin's

Whinchat, St Martin's

Common Redstart, Porth Seal St Martin's
White Wagtail, St Martin's

Yellow Wagtail, St Martin's

Sanderling and Turnstone, St Martin's

The Scillonian passing the north end of St Mary's

1st Cal Year Merlin, St Martin's

1st Cal Year Merlin, St Martin's


First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's

St Martin's Lower Town
First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's

First year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, St Martin's

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Twitch

Me and the Mrs

The latest prices and treats from the Kavorna Bakery, St Mary's


Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Beach Waders

I've been keeping an eye on the small numbers of roosting waders on the beach over the last few days, but nothing out of the ordinary since the Little Stint, but a lone Sanderling is uncommon for the estuary and counts of up to 14 Dunlin and 6 Ringed Plover.
Other birds around the Otter in the last few days have included 80+ Teal on the newly flooded scrapes and only a dozen Wigeon.
Dunlin, Budleigh Beach

Ringed Plover, Budleigh Beach

Last week's Little Stint, Budleigh Beach

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Little Stint

I was really chuffed to find a juvenile Little Stint on Budleigh beach this evening. I had seen what I suspected was a Little Stint, only very briefly in flight with a small group of Dunlin on the estuary a little earlier but failed to relocate it. However, I decided to give it another try this evening and checked the beach to find this cracker feeding within metres of me on a lovely sunny evening.
Little Stint is rare on the patch and my last sighting was on 11 Sep 2013. Happy Days!

Juvenile Little Stint, Budleigh Beach

Juvenile Little Stint, Budleigh Beach

Juvenile Little Stint with Dunlin, Budleigh Beach

Juvenile Little Stint, Budleigh Beach

Monday, 16 September 2019

Firecrest and Avocets

A walk along the West Cliffs at Budleigh this morning produced my first Firecrest of the autumn. 
Lots of Chiffchaffs around and small movements of House Martins. Two Avocets on the River Otter this afternoon were a surprise and presumably different to the birds seen over four weeks ago.