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Posted April 1st at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

From the viewing platform this lunchtime, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Greenshank.

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor.

Posted 4 minutes ago by Nick Potter in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

An hour by the Silent Pool yesterday (26 June) : Southern Hawker Dragonfly (teneral), mating pairs Large Red & Azure Damselflies, Large & Small White Butterflies, 2 Smooth Newts, many Froglets plus a Scorpionfly amongst a myriad of other flying insects.

Teneral Southern Hawker Dragonfly, maiden flight a 5 minutes after this photo taken.Smooth newt

Scorpion fly

Posted 11:41 am by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Hartland Point

Spent the night ringing at Hartland point and caught 16 Storm Petrels, one of which was a Control from somewhere else.

Early morning set a few nets near the caravan and caught 2 Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted 10:37 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 26th June 2017

Godborough Reserve Bideford , Hobby

1 Hobby at the reserve this morning .  Hunting over the field just above Turners wood , I had a good view of it catching & eating on the wing .  

Posted yesterday at 10:13 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Great start to Monday morning.

On my way to work this morning,  I watched as some rspca ladies unloaded a cage containing a seal.I offered to help carry the cage to the shore line which they accepted,  then stayed to watch as this pup nervously entered the water. I didn't stay to see but I am told it quite happily stayed around a while before moving off.

Seal release combemartin.
Seal release combemartin.

Posted yesterday at 10:11 pm by Philip worth in Other Wildlife

Gull time.

At least 17 med glls tonight at the skern.9 ads,5 2s,3 fs.or 100 black headed all over the baitfish following the calmer conditions today.Also male sparrowhawk which flew close enough to the car i could see its eyeys.18 pied wagtails on beach.18:40-21:00

Posted yesterday at 9:26 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

bowling green marsh

med gulls 3 adults and 1st winterish

Posted yesterday at 2:40 pm by wills j in General Birding

Sunday 25th June 2017

Hobby ~ South Brent

Just on 9pm a very low flying Hobby over the garden at South Brent being mobbed by a small flock of Swallows

Posted June 25th at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Velator/Braunton

Yesterday (Saturday) in the reserve the Little Grebes finally have a family - so 6 on the day list. Didn't see them all today, but a good number of Butterflies this afternoon: Large and Small White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and the first Ringlet.

When I got home, this rather beautiful Dark-green Fritillary was on the Buddleia. Never seen one in the garden before.

Posted June 25th at 6:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

HMS Cambridge

Lunch time walk from Heybrook Bay to HMS Cambridge. Lots of Stonechats, Linnet, Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Rock Pipet, 2 Herons, 3 Egrets, a Curlew. Lots of Butterflies that i don't know the names of.

WhitethroatMeadow BrownStonechat

Posted June 25th at 5:05 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

30 pluss ringneck parakeet central park this morning

Posted June 25th at 10:07 am by ringneck parakeet in General Birding

Saturday 24th June 2017

Saunton Sands

1 1st summer Little Gull on the sands this morning in the drizzle, a real little beauty!

Thank you Mike (ML) for confirming id & age of this bird, I could not find an exact match in any of my field guides. Mike said they do vary hugely in plumage & a normal field guide cannot cover all variation.

Posted June 24th at 6:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Aylesbeare Common (East Devon)

6 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings fieldtrip around the common and hopefully no one turned up at Exminster after the venue was changed due to road closure at Exeter (all present had seen the change of venue given on this website).

21 species were counted and included proof of breeding for Linnet, Stonechat and Gt Spotted Woodpecker with juveniles seen.  Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 6 Yellow Hammer were found and were the main interest.  Dartford Warbler were elusive and only one 'possible' was seen at a distance.   

To add a challenge to our morning, all 21 species were listed according to the BTO standard two letter species codes as follows:

LI SL B. ST C. BF CC BC R. WW GS  SC Y. G. CT TP WP GO J. GR BZ

The last two (Green Finch and Buzzard were added to the list at the car park after the group broke up.

Posted June 24th at 3:54 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

skern

late post from yesterday.7 med gulls 6ads, 2s 18:00 along with 15 black headed.

Posted June 24th at 1:16 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 23rd June 2017

Lower Tamar Lake

Late posting

Lower Tamar Lake yesterday (22nd June) --

2 Garden Warblers, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaffs in song. 6 Willow Warblers singing, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wren, Blue and Great Tits. several Swallows, 1 Blackcap.

Plus:  Azure Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Banded Damoselle,Broad bodied Chaser, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Large and Small Whites.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted June 23rd at 8:36 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Common Redshank C73 - Turf Hotel to the Netherlands

Apologies for longer post, but I hope members will appreciate the reason.

This is an update on an interesting story and several sightings of a Common Redshank at Turf Hotel, Exe Estuary by various birders over the years.  

On 14th December 2016 I photographed a Common Redshank ringed C73 at Turf Hotel and reported it to the project coordinator in the Netherlands, Wim Tijsen.  He responded immediately, very excited as this was the first sighting that winter of a very special Redshank.  He told me it was her 13th Winter at Turf Hotel and she is the Daughter of the Widow of 'Ol Bill' - 'Ol bill was apparently the oldest Common Redshank recorded in Europe - 19 years old.

C73 likes to spend her winters at Turf Hotel before she returns to the Netherlands to find a partner and breed. This summer she found a younger partner and laid eggs, but unfortunately the nest was predated.   

However, C73 is a tough and resilient little bird.  She went on to try again and today Wim has tweeted the photo of her very late chicks.  What an amazing little bird she is!  

She has now featured in the top Ornithology Journal in the Netherlands and Wim is currently notifying the Dutch media.  I felt that Devon and the Exe Estuary deserves some recognition for playing its' part in her wellbeing all these years too, so I wanted to share the story here.  

So please look out for C73 this winter if you're at Turf Hotel and let Wim know if you see her.

Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe EstuaryThe very late chicks of C73
Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe Est                                 The very late chicks of C73

Posted June 23rd at 12:14 am by Jo King in General Birding

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Alpine Swift

I'm pretty sure I spotted an Alpine swift over Otter nurseries this afternoon. Familiar with Hobby's which we see around Stockland regularly, this bird just outside Ottery St Mary was like a very large swift with a short forked tail. Just wondered if anyone else spotted it.

Posted June 22nd at 9:53 pm by alasdair bruce in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Dart and Yarner Woods, 22 June

On the River Dart between Riverford Bridge and the old weir upstream: 1 adult and 1 juvenile Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, 2 juvenile Mandarin ducks. Also possible evidence of both Otter and Salmon in the area with 2 Salmon corpses. At Yarner Woods 3 separate pairs of Redstart feeding young in nests, 2 male Yellowhammer and 1 female Yellowhammer carrying food to nest and a male Stonechat on the downs.

Salmon corpse.Male Redstart

Female Redstart


               Salmon corpse                                    Male Redstart                                    Female Redstart

Posted June 22nd at 9:24 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Change to Fieldtrip Programme (EAST Devon Branch) for Sat 24 June.

The venue for the planned fieldtrip to Powderham Marsh, Exminster, scheduled for Sat 24 June has been changed due to ROAD CLOSURES at COUNTESS WEAR, EXETER from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.  We will now meet at Joney's Cross Car Park (Grid Ref  SY056897) at 09.30am for a visit to AYLESBEARE COMMON.  Anyone coming from west of the estuary should use the motorway as congestion may be expected through Exeter. 

Decision to change venue made jointly by Geoff Green and Jonathan Ruscoe.

Posted June 22nd at 5:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Skern

6 med gulls this evening.3 ads,3fs 18.30 

 

Posted June 21st at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Aish Tor, 21.6.17

Another hot one with the first High Brown Fritillary on the wing at 06:25. Birds included: 3 singing Garden Warblers; at least 2 singing Tree Pipits; a singing Whitethroat; a singing Yellowhammer.

High Brown FritillaryDark Green FritillaryDark Green Fritillary

                High Brown Fritillary                         Dark Green Fritillary                             Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st at 10:44 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

River Dart Staverton

An evening walk along the Dart produced 5-6 Grey Wagtails, 2 Dippers, numerous Swallows, Swifts, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Mallard, Wren, House Sparrows, Greenfinch, Jackdaws,Chaffinch, Blackbirds and several Goldfinch.

Posted June 21st at 10:35 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Yelverton

Red Kite circled over Yelverton this afternoon.  (Mike Beales)

Posted June 21st at 10:15 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

Posted June 21st at 10:15 pm by Jon Tagg in General Birding

Dark Green Fritillary

One of 3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen today at Dunsford Woods 

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st at 8:03 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Moreleigh

Red Kite circling over the new solar farm at Moreleigh ( South Hams ) 16:20 pm.

Posted June 21st at 5:41 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Peregrine

Sitting in my back garden at Bovey Tracey, at 17.20, alerted by the cries of Herring gull - flying low over the garden came a peregrine clutching a downy gull chick with two adul tgulls in pursuit. Not something you see every day!

Posted June 21st at 5:31 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Red Kite, Exeter

Just seen a Red Kite circling on a thermal above County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter. Then it headed off eastwards.

Posted June 21st at 4:44 pm by Sam Stripp in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was showing well for a while this lunchtime. It flew to Goosemoor briefly before settling back down out of sight in the far right hand corner of the marsh. 1 juv Black-headed Gull in amongst the adults.

Posted June 21st at 3:44 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

VISITOR FROM FOREIGN CLIMES

A very nervous swallowtail visited our garden in Paignton. Finding nothing in the front garden to its liking, it took itself off over the house to the back garden. Even there it couldn't settle though it did finally land, briefly, (hence the incomplete photo) on the Choisya. For several minutes it flew from our garden over the hedges to those of my neighbors before returning to give us more tantalising glimpses. The lesson learned  (without bragging)I have more flowers in my garden than my neighbors so I felt it would return.

On holiday in the English riviera
On holiday in the English riviera

Posted June 21st at 2:19 pm by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

Half a white-winged Gull

Herring Gull around the University that got me going a bit today as it had one white wing so from one side looked like a Glaucous/Iceland. Then as it turned, the other side was normal. Just as a word of caution to Plymouth birders!

Posted June 21st at 1:48 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

East & Middle Soar

Two Red-veined Darters at Middle Soar on crop edge inc.one really bright male. Also 2 Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site, first of the year. First Grayling, at Sharp Tor. Birdwise now two pairs of Reed Warblers at Starehole Ponds inc.one feeding young. 200 Rooks on the sileage fields.

Posted June 21st at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

valley of rocks Lynton

Red Kite 8-30am high over the valley but some lovely photos.

Posted June 21st at 10:05 am by John Elvin in General Birding

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Great White Egret at BGM

Just to add to Mark's earlier post the Great White Egret flew back onto BGM at 20:45 then chased out again by Grey Heron with good views from the viewing platform on the Clyst estuary before heading back towards BGM again after 21:04 but unable to relocate. Also fs Mediterranean Gull and male Pochard in BGM and sp Spotted Redshank from viewing platform.

Great White Egret on Clyst estuaryGreat White Egret flying into BGM


                      Great White Egret on Clyst estuary                             Great White Egret flying into BGM

Posted June 20th at 11:54 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shirwell

One red kite flying low over shirwell.

Posted June 20th at 8:47 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Great White Egret still this evening on right hand side of main pool in front of reed bed until 18.58pm when it flew low south towards the Clyst Estuary- it seemed to drop but no sign shortly after on a dropping tide from the viewing platform. The sum plum Spotted Redshank showing well to the left of the viewing platform with the Redshank flock . 

See https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en for some distant pics of the Egret 

Posted June 20th at 8:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Other Wildlife

Red kite

Red kite,, behind Barn owl pub/kingskerswell bypass...11.09am.. Heading towards Abbotskerswell

Posted June 20th at 6:59 pm by Jon Pring in General Birding

Dragons

Those that like their Dragonflies might like to pay a visit to Aylesbere, there was a good showing of Emperors, Skimmers, Chasers and Damselflies by the two ponds.

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted June 20th at 6:51 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

bowling green marsh monday19th june

spotted redshank full s/plum med gull 2nd winter/is sandwich tern 8 

Posted June 20th at 3:39 pm by wills john in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Great Egret

It was fairly quiet this lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh until a Great Egret dropped in at about 2.05. It was still there when I left about 2.25. Black-headed Gull numbers are starting to build up. A male Pochard also. 

Yesterday lunchtime a group of at least 7 Sandwich Terns dropped in.

Posted June 20th at 2:47 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

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