Mid November and a week in North Devon, a weeks holiday and a few birding highlights.

Velator and Crow Point.

The area around the village of Braunton has some really good spots for bird watching, as always I stopped at the river Caen weir to look on the river rocks for a bobbing Dipper. As per my last visit I was not disappointed as one was busy perhaps searching for molluscs and crustaceans.

Onwards towards the toll road that goes to Crow Point gave excellent views of a Little Egret fishing in the margins. The fields were full of Lapwing, Golden Plover and thousands of Starling. There was also over 60 Curlew and 35 Tree Sparrow. On quite a few times a preying Sparrowhawk was seen hunting through all of the above.

Thrushes were visible with Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush and Blackbird all seen either on the ground or in the bushes and trees.

In between the showers a Barn Owl was quartering an overgrown field which it shared with a Grey Heron. I don't think the Heron was happy that there was another predator on his patch! While watching the Barn Owl a Water Rail was heard, this is my first for the area and a good tick for my Devon list.

Record of Barn Owl

Record 2 of Barn Owl
Northam Burrows near Appledore.

One of the best places in the area for waders at close quarters, once I knew the time of high tide it was off to see what was around and feeding as the tide receded.

Birds of note were Brent Geese, Shelduck, Grey Plover, Ring Plover, Golden Plover, Turnstone, Redshank, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Wigeon and Dunlin.

Little Egret in between the rain showers
Also seen here amongst the bushes and rocks were Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and many Linnet.

RSPB Isley Marsh and Yelland Quay.

Here is also a good place to watch birds with different habitats, meadow, copse, mud flats, sand dunes a pond and a sandy beach.

Notables were Shelduck, Teal, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Curlew. all the usual common birds were seen and included Goldcrest.

I now look forward the another holiday during the festive break which will start my 2016 bird list off with quite a few great birds.

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