Devon Bird Sightings

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Membership

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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.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Sunday 21st July 2019

Exmouth

Four adult Roseate Terns on Bull Hill early this morning before feeding together in the estuary. Thought likely to be at the Warren over high tide. Also 120+ Sandwich Tern and at least 4 Common Tern.

Posted 8:49 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 20th July 2019

Ilfracombe

Large Red Damselfly ovipositing in my fishpond today. 

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly


Posted yesterday at 9:19 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Swallowtail

I met a couple at Velator the other day who saw a Swallowtail in their garden in West Down within the last few days.

Posted yesterday at 8:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Swallowtail Yelland

Over the wildflower meadows on the waste site adjacent to the old power station at Yelland, this continental swallowtail was seen and photographed by my mother in law on Wednesday just gone. I was 15 minutes behind and did not see it. 

A one off migrant perhaps but a reminder of just how special this site is for wildflowers, inverts and wildlife full stop. Hope locals will do what they can to campaign against development here. 

Posted yesterday at 8:08 pm by TOM WILLIAMS in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

0910-1215 :-

200+ Black tailed Godwit, 160+ Curlew, 18 Whimbrel, 14 Little Egret, 150+ Redshank, 70+ Dunlin, 5 Shelduck, 1 Mediterranean gull, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Greenshank from the viewing platform.

Posted yesterday at 5:25 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Exmouth

Adult Roseate Tern on Bull Hill early this morning, viewed from Shelly Beach. Also 110+ Sandwich Tern, 4+ Common Tern and at least 6 Mediterranean Gulls. Missed an Osprey though.

Posted yesterday at 8:38 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 19th July 2019

Berry Head

Seawatch 09.00 - 15.00: 45 Balearic & 333 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic & 4 Common Terns (all ads), 2 Puffins, Bonxie, Tufted Duck & up to 64 Mediterranean Gulls (mainly juvs). Also at least a dozen Common Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoises.  

Posted July 19th at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern

First signs of significant migration this morning at 9.00 on a falling tide. 8 Sanderling, 5 Ring Plover, 180 Dunlin, 76 Curlew, 1Whimbrel, 1Redshank, 16, Mediterranean Gull. Also 4 Little Tern through, and most surprising 2 Gannet 

Posted July 19th at 5:01 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Thursday 18th July 2019

R.Caen

1 Common Sandpiper on R.Caen late aft / early evening.


Posted July 18th at 9:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

mear valley exmouth

6 ringneck parakeet

Posted July 18th at 4:54 pm by barry in General Birding

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis viewed from the Skern, at 08:05 yesterday 16th July.

it flew off towards Crow Point/Instow.

Posted July 17th at 10:20 pm by Roger Walter in General Birding

Fledgling Northern Wheatear X 7 at The Skern, Appledore

All along the boulders lining the drop off from the tip road were what appeared to be a brood of 4 and a further brood of 3 fledgling Northern Wheatear. Also saw an adult female.


Posted July 17th at 9:26 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull & Summer plumage Knot at The Skern

As the tide dropped from the full in the Skern, Appledore, a roosting group of BH Gulls concealed at least three Mediterranian Gulls along with a surprising summer plumage Knot 



Posted July 17th at 9:19 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Dartmoor Shaugh Lake Quarry

Lovely afternoon walking around the quarry (not trespassing as i work there). Lots of Wheatear, Sky Larks, Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins, Swallows, Pied Wagtails, Goldfinches, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebes and a pair of Reed Buntings to name a few.

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Skylark
Skylark

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted July 16th at 8:16 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

HAYTOR WALK

Eleven members enjoyed the sunny weather walking to and round the quarry to the north of Haytor rocks.   Good views of male Yellowhammer, juvenile Wheatear, several Chiffchaff (possibly some were Willow Warblers) and many Stonechat.  Blackcap in the quarry with plenty of Swallows flying round including some juveniles.   We moved to Blackslade Water and located a Marsh Tit along with Stonechat, Goldfinch, Swallows and Chiff / Willow W..  Species count: 24.  

Posted July 16th at 7:14 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Occombe Farm Reserve, Paignton this afternoon

5 purple hairstreaks in the big oak on the woodland edge at the bottom right corner of the orchard. Also along the bottom edge of the orchard, small and large skipper, large and green-veined white, peacock, red admiral, silver washed firtillary, meadow brown, ringlet, gatekeeper, speckled wood (most of these on the flowering bramble beside the oak). Comma further upslope by the pond as we left.

Purple hairstreak
Purple hairstreak

Silver-washed fritillary
Silver-washed fritillary

Posted July 16th at 6:24 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's high tide. Not much to add to Martin's post, but the Coot was just as much of a surprise to me (I hadn't seen his post before my visit)! This is a rarity here, and as far as I can remember, the first one I've seen on the patch, outside very cold conditions. 

Also 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 1st-s), 3 Mandarin Ducks and the Little Egrets included a juvenile.

Posted July 16th at 4:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator reserve

An interesting morning ringing: dominated by a steady supply of Blackcaps. With lots of birds fledging most of those ringed were juveniles. That is except Blackcaps: of the twenty I ringed 7 were adults. Surely they can't all be breeding in the reserve - I've already ringed a good number of adults, so most of these are already migrating(?) Of note were all the male Blackcaps - including a retrap - seemed to have a brood patch. Also:

3 juv Cetti's Warblers

5 juv Robins

1 juv Reed Warbler (and an adult)

1 juv Greenfinch

1 juv Blackbird

1 juv Song Thrush

2 juv Goldcrest

3 juv Wrens

2 juv Chiffchaffs

 

Posted July 16th at 12:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide the following were seen:

Curlew 35, Redshank 91 on the meadow, Greenshank 3, Common Sandpiper 5, Little Egret 13, Green Woodpecker 3, GSW 3, Stock Dove 9, Whitethroat 1 and the surprise of the morning was a Coot on the river by Longbridge.

Posted July 16th at 10:29 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Monday 16th July

On the high tide: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 2 1st-s), Greenshank, 68 Redshanks, 34 Curlews & 11 Little Egrets. Also 5 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, juv Goldcrest & 16 Mandarin Ducks.

Plenty of butterflies including double figures of Small Skipper, Marbled White & Gatekeeper & a single Large Skipper.

Posted July 16th at 9:16 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Monday 15th July 2019

Nightjars at Stover

Churring from 21.36 for one minute - nothing thereafter. Two birds, male & female, constantly in the air/perched in trees from 21.45 - 22. 10, with a third fly-over bird (female?) at 22.10. Best viewed over new planting/tree tubes - by the Nightjar notice-board!  

Posted July 15th at 10:48 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Taw Estuary, R.Caen

Flock of Redshank at low tide on the north side of the Taw Estuary & plenty of BH Gulls & 3 Meds amongst them.

This delightful Blue-tailed Damselfly alighted on my bicycle lock cable by the Toll House.

On R.Caen 19 Dunlin still in sumplum, 1 juv Greenshank,142 BH Gulls inc 5 juv's , 1 adult Med Gull & 2 Little Egrets.




Posted July 15th at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exton Station

Osprey sat on post around 1:30pm. More details please visit http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com/

Posted July 15th at 3:15 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Sunday 14th July 2019

Preston

Between 25 - 30 Swifts seen screeching over Preston this evening.

Posted July 14th at 9:55 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

S Huish pectoral sand

Rubbish record shot. Wonder if it’s the same bird that has appeared a couple of times over the last year or so.


Posted July 14th at 9:35 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

South Huish waders #2

The adult summer plumage pectoral sandpiper flew off SE at 18.50. Wasn’t seen after that.

Posted July 14th at 9:09 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Exe - Exton Station

An Osprey was again on a post mid-estuary visible from Exton station, mid-afternoon and was feeding on the post for over half an hour.

Posted July 14th at 8:44 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Ilfracombe

From Haggington I was trying to count a small pod of Common Dolphins off Rillage Point, about 6 but were dispersed due to pleasure boats when a tatty looking Osprey nearly passed unnoticed until it was moving away at a distance.   

Osprey record shot Common Dolphin
Osprey record shot                    Common Dolphin

Eds: the osprey is actually a Buzzard. see https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted July 14th at 8:39 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Gulls

Over our house on clovelly rd Bideford this afternoon 10 med gulls,7ads,2ss, juvenile.Plus over a 100 bhg's,15:30-16:20.

Posted July 14th at 8:30 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

South Huish waders Sun eve

As sum plum pec sand, LRP and common sand 18.05

Posted July 14th at 6:31 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham

Photos from today. See Nigel's post for species and numbers seen.

Balearic Shearwater.  Mediterranean Gull
Balearic Shearwater.                              Mediterranean Gull

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted July 14th at 6:21 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat trip.

This morning was the first 4hour Lyme Bay boat trip for the season from Brixham in a very active sea state!! Birds seen, 6 Scoter, sp, 10 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6+ Med Gulls, 2 Kittiwake,  4 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Gannets and many Herring Gull. also 3 Harbour Porpoise and 10+ Common Dolphin.

If interested give us a call n 07866202576. still some places.

Posted July 14th at 3:28 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis back at the Pill this morning 07.30.

Posted July 14th at 7:38 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Saturday 13th July 2019

Broadsands

2 juv Yellow-Legged Gulls and 7 Med Gulls on Broadsands beach late this evening till 925pm at least on the dropping tide 

Posted July 13th at 10:35 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Osprey - Exton Station

An Osprey sat on a post in the middle of the River Exe viewed from Exton Station from late morning to 13.05pm when starting flying around - eventually caught a fish and flew off high west at 13.15pm. 

Posted July 13th at 2:18 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

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