Devon Bird Sightings from May 2018

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Thursday 31st May 2018

Dawlish Warren

The adult Rosy Starling was still present in the bushes near the hide late evening. Also Common Whitethroat, Sanderling, several Common Ringed Plover and large Dunlin flock.

If interested, more info at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 11:28 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A late Whimbrel, a singing Whitethroat only just turned up on a new territory, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Small Heaths and a dozen Southern Marsh Orchids.

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 9:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skern

Sadly, no sign of the Kentish Plover over the evening high tide. 34 Dunlin, 21 Oystercatcher, 18 Black-headed Gull and a male Wheatear the highlights.

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Big thank you to the Wardens at Dawlish Warren for putting the word out, stunning Rose-coloured Starling out by the hide this evening.

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Saunton Sands

On completion of the 7 mile walk just caught the tail end of this one while running for cover!


Posted May 31st, 2018 at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Airy Point

After a return journey of 7 miles in a pair of wellington boots in 21C some of which was in soft sand, I was rewarded with a male Kentish Plover.

As far as I remember in over 60 years of walking the sands, this is only my second sighting of Kentish Plover.

I have a feeling that it may turn up on the Skern next but do not hold it against me if not!

 

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

crossbill

1 over lustleigh at 08:30am

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 4:58 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Berry Head

A 1/2 hr seawatch first thing this morning produced of note: 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Terns and 6 Manx Shearwaters. there were 21 Kittiwakes sat on the cliffs today but no sign of any nests or nest building.  Around the headland 3 singing Reed Warblers including two in bushes just behind the coastguard station also1 Yellowhammer flew over toward the headland.

 

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

adult Rose-coloured Starling around Greenland Lake area at Dawlish Warren with common Starling flock this afternoon

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 2:41 pm by Phil Chambers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head and Teigngrace

10.00

2 Razorbills on sea below hide and several Kittiwakes on the main cliff.  2 adult Whitethroats with 3 young close to the southern fort.  As the mist closed in, 1 singing Reed Warbler in dense cover close to the end of the headland. 

Yesterday lunchtime along the River Teign near Teigngrace:  3 male and 1 female Mandarin.  1 Spot Fly, Grey Wag, GSW and GW. 

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Stover

Hoopoe seen on entrance to car park at 16:00.

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 1:29 am by Jason smith in General Birding

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Fremington

Grasshopper Warbler the star bird of a late afternoon dogwalk from The Green, Fremington, along the permissive footpath to the Tarka Trail. The Gropper was reeling from the near side of the reedbed area at Salt Pill Duck Pond. Also good Swift/House Martin/Swallow movement with the showers. Jay, GSWoodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Stonechat.

I can't stress enough how much potential there is in the habitat either side of this short walk. Well worth a quick detour off the Tarka Trail any time (but especially when the pushbike traffic is like it was today).

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Meddon Green LNR

A very wet morning at the reserve saw 1 Willow Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap 1m 1f, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Swallow.

Note, Lower Tamar Lake 2 Great Crested Grebe one sitting on the nest.

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Yelland Marsh

Saw a whitethroat , several stonechats , several Reed Buntings  and a female Marsh Harrier this morning on Yelland Marsh 

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 12:49 pm by Matt Gregory in General Birding

Hobby at Exwick

Hobby flew over the garden at 10.30am - most unusual and first sighting here - possibly targeting House Martins and Swifts feeding at low level in humid overcast conditions.

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 10:57 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Nightjars

The DWT reserve at Heathfield was simply buzzing with Nightjar's last evening (29th May), they were on the wing by 8.54pm, in broad daylight and it was still reasonably light when I left an hour later, having seen at least seven birds, on several occasions two males chasing and displaying to a female.

I have never seen Nightjar's so active in such lighting condition's, I can only assume that they came out early as it was a very dull and totally overcast evening.

On arrival a flock of 16 Pied Wagtails.

 

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 8:29 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Twenty-three drake Manadarin Ducks now plus a duck still with 5 small ducklings. Also single Shag, Green Woodpecker and Stock Dove, plus 6 Curlews & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 8:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dartmoor

Around the Portworthy mica dam ~ Little Grebe 3, Coot with well grown brood of young, pair of Tufted duck, Moorhen, Mallard, 10 Canada geese and another 10 plus in the air towards the moors, Willow Warbler, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, a pair of Shellduck with 12 very young ducklings, Great Black Back Gull, Green Woodpecker and (thanks to later photo  ID by Mike Langman) a female Brazilian duck. Lots of very small blue butterflies all over the area.

  

Clearbrook ~ Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Buzzard.

Three Cuckoo close to the Warren House Inn.

Bennets Cross to Challacombe ~ Whinchat, 2 female Redpoll, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock inc a pair with dependant young, Stonechat, numerous Swallow and House Martin.

  

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 3:42 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret still present

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 28th May 2018

Challacombe Farm & Challacombe Down

Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers busy feeding young. Lots of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps; singles of Whitethroat, Treecreeper and Reed Bunting; at least four Cuckoos, but the Whinchat were not in evidence.

 

Posted May 28th, 2018 at 5:08 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Yarner woods

Pied flycatcher Male and female comparison today at Yarner 

Posted May 28th, 2018 at 2:58 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Osprey - Underdown, Haldon.

Osprey north over Underdown, Haldon at 6.30pm 27th May.

Posted May 28th, 2018 at 1:43 pm by John Gale in General Birding

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

1 late Osprey spooking the resting Gulls at Airy Point early this morning.

Posted May 28th, 2018 at 11:07 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 27th May 2018

Velator

I still have 9 free grass-cutting Canada Geese in the reserve this evening, but only 2 juv Moorhens seen. Singing Cetti's, and Reed Warblers, plus Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Agree with 11 Godwits but oddly a drake Teal has turned up there too. Very late.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 8:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head: 8:00 - 11:30

Stayed on later so in addition to Mike's earlier post:

A further, c.450 Manx Shearwater; 2 Arctic Skua; 3 Puffin; 1 Gt N Diver.

At lest 13 Small Blue & 8 - 10 Common Blue Butterflies near the quarry and along the main path upwards.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret present today.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 4 Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 8 House Martin.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Meddon Green LNR

On a sunny morning at the reserve were 2 Willow Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch. Plus one Orange tip butterfly.

Also 3 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Pheasant (m) in my garden daily.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 6:25 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Sharpa scrape & Taw Estuary

11 Black tailed Godwits still on the scrape this am.

This is the only pair of Shelduck I have seen so far on the Taw Estuary with juveniles. There were 10 juv's present, but by the time I removed the camera from the bag 7 of them walked over the top of the mud bank out of view!

   

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 2:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

South Brent ~ Tawny owlet

I have been hearing a young Tawny owl calling at night around the garden for the last couple of weeks this morning it showed its face.

                        

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 1:52 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite flying east over Instow Quay at noon.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 1:31 pm by Mike Glover in General Birding

Berry Head

A short seawatch this morning with Dave Holloway produced: 4 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 38 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Dolphin, 5-6 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

Up on top of the headland: 1 singing Reed Warbler was the only sign of any passage birds. 

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 10:50 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 26th May 2018

Heathfield to Challacombe

Very little to see on the DWT reserve at Heathfield this morning a few Stonechat, Swift and Swallow.

Onto Yarner which produced three Spotted Flycatcher and a calling Wood Warbler the full leaf canopy is making woodland birding that much harder but Pied Flycatcher, Song Thrush, Redstart, Wren, GSWP, Jay all seen and a Cuckoo calling in the top of the wood towards the top car parks.

Beyond Hay Tor good views of a Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits that were trying to drive it away.

Around Challacombe male Whinchat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, four Redstart, Pied and Grey Wagtail Dunnock, Wren, Reed Bunting, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard and Heron.

  

  

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Haytor quarry

Several cuckoos about at first light today

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 5:59 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Yarner woods

Male and female Pied Flycatchers today

 

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 5:57 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

An amazing and very welcome late migration of House Martins this morning, with a phenomenal 762 (minimum!) flying ENE between 06.20 and 10.00. Tight flocks of mainly 15-30 birds, but in a few cases up to 50, were piling through at astonishing speed and almost silently, with unusually few calls. The urgency of delayed migration was palpable and an impressive spectacle to witness. Also an encouraging 54 Swifts, plus 49 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins. Other migrants included 2 Little Egrets, a Dunlin, 28 immature Lesser Black-backs (all E), and 8 Siskins (E in ones and twos – surprisingly late). There were large numbers of Manx Shearwaters streaming W (typical morning feeding movement out of the Bristol Channel) and though I didn't get a chance to do a proper count, being distracted elsewhere, a few samples suggested up to 1,000 per hour at peak.

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 11:46 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Friday 25th May 2018

Skerries Bank off Slapton- Artic Skua

Late post from yesterday afternoon. An Artic Skua busy chasing gulls above and around my boat, fishing the Skerries Bank yesterday afternoon about 1500hrs. Should have been visible from Slapton.

Posted May 25th, 2018 at 6:14 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Newton Abbot

Sorry to post this, but a large parrot (I couldn't see what species) was briefly circling high above my house on Wolborough Hill, Newton Abbot, before heading south. Just in case anyone has lost one, or knows of anyone else who has.

Posted May 25th, 2018 at 5:43 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Other Wildlife

Emsworthy Mire 25-05-18, Red Kite & Cuckoo's

Mid morning at Emsworthy Mire, several Cuckoo's calling, also seen a Reed Bunting  and about mid-day a Red Kite flew over (distant) but light was horrible.

  

Posted May 25th, 2018 at 4:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Haldon Butterfly Walk

Things hotting up on the Butterfly Walk with 9 species of Butterfly found, Fritillaries every where but best for me was this Dingy Skipper. Also plenty of Dragonflies, day time moths, Hoverflies and other insects, surprised to be the only human about!

Dingy Skipper
Dingy Skipper

Posted May 25th, 2018 at 4:16 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Thursday 24th May 2018

Bennets Cross- Golden Dagger Mine (Soussons)

8 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip south of Bennetts Cross as far as the Golden Dagger mine.  Numerous Whinchat were present and other sightings included Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker (heard), M'pipits, Grey Wagtail and a Red Kite over (flying east at around 12.00 hrs).

Challacombe farm was visited in the afternoon where Redstart, Treecreeper, Stonechat, Linnet and Marsh Tit were added to the list.  Another Cuckoo was heard further up the valley on Hamel Down.  

A quick visit to Stover Lake produced 2 male Mandarin Duck.

Posted May 24th, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Clearbrook today

4 Siskins,6 Redpoles,,5 Reed Buntings,Meadow Pipits,Willow Warblers,7 Red Kites,3 Buzzards,4 Bullfinches,5 Greenfinches,1Cuckoo,1 Kestrel,5 Yellowhammers,Stonechates with young,Small heathes,Roe Deer.

  

Eds; Looks like a Fallow Deer..

Posted May 24th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by chris Buckland in General Birding

Clearbrook

7 Red Kites over very high up heading south at lunch time.

Posted May 24th, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

The right place at the right time.

Who says  seagulls don't have their uses!! Hearing their alarm call from my back garden off Marldon Rd about 1.30 today, spotted a kite along with a buzzard being harried by the gulls. This follows a sighting of two kites two weeks ago also from my garden. Paignton seems to be developing a reputation as a birders El Dorado.

Posted May 24th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

South Milton Ley

With South Huish being fairly quiet,6 Dunlin being the best, I went out of the sun to sit in the shade by the viewing screen we installed earlier in the year at South Milton Ley. Nice to get a couple of new species for me at this location! Firstly a pair of Blackcap and then for 30 mins or so a Spotted Flycatcher making its feeding attacks on the many flies. Around the Ley, quite a bit of activity from at least 8 Sedge Warblers carrying food. Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers also seen. Good to see some activity on the new ditch/pond! Still relatively raw from the excavation,but the vegetation is building up. A Grey Heron on the bank and a couple of species of dragonfly observed as well as hawking swallows. The cleared area makes it easier to pick out the birds. On the way home in the Avon Valley, near Knapp Mill saw another feeding Spotted Flycatcher. This one reported to Rod Bone for his study on the species with the RSPB in the area.

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 8:02 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Spoonbill

6.0 pm 23 May Spoonbill at S Efford marsh

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 6:37 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Marsh Green, East Devon

Red Kite over village drifting east at a hight at 1800, while I enjoyed a cool beer in the garden, bliss!

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 6:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

River Plym

A cycle ride in lovely sunshine from Plymouth to Clearbrook and back.

At the Cann Quarry Peregrine watch point, the pair feeding 4 young in the nest. Also in the Plym Valley, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers nest building, 5 Siskins, Marsh Tit and Green Woodpecker.

At Clearbrook, a Tree Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpolls and 2 pairs of Stonechats with young.

On the Plym Estuary, a female Mandarin Duck with 5 ducklings and also 3 drakes plus 6 Curlews.  

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 6:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Four RED KITE circling over Haggington Hill / Watermouth area of Berrynarbor at about 1:00 pm  -1:30 pm today.

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 5:14 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Stover

A Mandarin Duck has 3 young (Manderlings?) in the inlet channel, plus 3 drakes near the boardwalk. Also 2 Stock Doves (one interested in an open-fronted box on a tree) and Mistle Thrush young (doing a good White's Thrush impression!)

Dragonflies in fair abundance also, with c12 Hairy Dragonflies, c25 Red-eyed Damselflies, masses of Azure and Large Red Damselflies and smaller numbers of Beautiful Demoiselle, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers and Emperor, but no Downy Emeralds (although there were 5 at Little Bradley Ponds earlier). If anyone is interested in seeing them, join our BDS/Devonshire Association meeting at Stover this Sunday at 10am.

Mandarin family Stover  Stock Dove Stover Mistle Thrush juv Stover

Mandarin family                               Stock Dove                                     Mistle Thrush juv

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 4:41 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Morte Point

Sedge Warbler on the Point this morning. 

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 12:57 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Nr Broadhempston

Red Kite with missing secondaries on right wing, between Broadhempston and Ipplepen.

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 10:26 am by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Red Kite Uffculme

Four Red Kite drifted over with three Buzzards at 17:50 this afternoon

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 10:17 pm by Mike Tout in General Birding

Nr Broadhempston

Red Kite with missing secondaries on right wing, between Broadhempston and Ipplepen.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

25 ringneck parakeet central park

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 9:22 pm by barry in General Birding

Roborough

Red Kite low over Tesco car park 1150 this morning and a Peregrine soaring at height at the same time.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 7:09 pm by Charlie Imms in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Siskin on Roborough Down 21/09/2018

Late posting for yesterday. male Siskin spotted on Roborough Down near Clearbrook turning. Can't recall any previous sightings there.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 4:59 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Woodland Honey Buzzard

Mobbed by 3 c.rows over lane east of Woodland village 13:30 Tues grid795 688

Emerged from Greper Copse a little later,soared and headed over Bickington.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 4:26 pm by Denis Doy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Red Kite over Bolt Head heading east; also 3 late migrant Northern Wheatears and a male Stonechat showing characteristics of race "rubicola".

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 2:09 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Stokenham

A Red Kite circling very low near the church. It Then climbed to join 3 circling Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk, before slowly drifting N.E.. Stunning views.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 11:03 am by Alan K Searle in General Birding

EMSWORTHY MIRE

Visited the Mire yesterday.  Sat at east end of track and located four Cuckoos continuously singing - two the other side of the mire.  Also heard female 'bubbling'.  Redstart near barn. A few Meadow Pipit and a Tree Pipit plus Stonechat and Skylark.  Bluebells in full and glorious bloom.  

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 9:41 am by Geoff Green in General Birding

Monday 21st May 2018

DWT Heathfield ~ Nightjars

Up to seven Nightjar, churring and flying around the far end of the reserve, with good views of one male displaying to and pursuing a female.

Good numbers of both Stonechat and Yellow Hammer as dusk was falling with a few Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

 

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 10:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Ramshorn Down, nr Bickington

Honey Buzzard coasting high eastwards, 4 pm.

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Roborough Down 21-05-18

Redpoles not showing so well today, the male seen a few times but not the female. A Reed bunting was showing very well and singing well

  

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Roborough Down 21-05-18

Female Broad-bodied Chaser, watched as the male had it's way and she laid her eggs, a great sight to see 

 

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 3:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Lundy trip

Great trip yesterday to Lundy, Thanks to all organisers. Saw our first ever Dottrel. Also managed a Turtle Dove,which was with all the Collared Doves in the valley as we came up from the boat.

If the Gentleman who was sitting quietly as the Dottrel walked past him would like to contact me I have some great pictures of the two of them.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 10:13 am by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw/Ashford

Two Med Gulls at lowish tide 09:00 hrs 


Posted May 21st, 2018 at 10:01 am by Martin Bond in General Birding

Sunday 20th May 2018

Yelland/Isley Marsh RSPB

Just seen photos from Sue Ambler showing a Cuckoo was present afternoon and evening of 19th May.

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 11:11 pm by Lowell Mills and Sue Ambler in General Birding

Lundy trip

About 150 of us took to the waters today and had a successful day to, from, around and on the island. First surprise was an adult Iceland Gull on the sea off the SW corner of the island. Good numbers of Puffins. On the island a few Spotted Flycatchers in Milcombe, and the Hawfinch was seen by a few too. Firecrest still singing at the head of the valley and a cracking male Redstart on wires by the field up there too. Best of all was the female Dotterel at SW point which showed really well and was very obliging for the snap happy photographers. Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Black Redstart, plenty of Ravens, Peregrine, and a large herd of 52 Sika Deer were seen. Other mammals were good numbers of Porpoise (some surfing the wake wave on the return journey!) Grey Seal, a possible Minke Whale, and a Fox seen along the estuary on the way out.

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 10:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dragonfly Broad-Bodied Chaser (Female)

Broad-Bodied Chaser (Female) Bicton Park, East Devon

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 8:52 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Yarner Wood

Yarner Wood this lunchtime:

8 Pied Flycatchers, (adult male feeding juveniles), 2 Bullfinch (m,f) 2 Redstart (m,f) 1 Marsh tit, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.

Trendlebere Down: 1 singing male Yellowhammer, 2 Swift, 3 Buzzards. 

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 6:40 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Soar

A Honey-buzzard over Soar Mill Cove for a few minutes around 13.30 before gaining height rapidly and I lost view of it. Otherwise very little except 3 singing Sedge Warblers from here and East Soar.

Singing Garden Warbler at Averton Gifford.

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red legged partridge

Driving between Marldon and Ippelpen cross on the top road, just past the caravan where the Model club fly, a single red legged partridge was wandering around the entrance to a wheat field. I wasnt able to grab the camera from the boot to get any images but watched it from the car for a good couple of minutes. This is the second I have seen in two weeks the other was near to Harberton Ford.

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 5:41 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Roborough Down 20-05-18

A single Broad-bodied Chaser (M) showing very well by a small pond near Clearbrook, also a lot of Tadpoles, as long as the pond doesn't dry out there could be many a frog for the predators. 

 

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 4:39 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Roborough Down 20-05-18

Redpolls, Yellowhammers, Linnet, Meadow pipits, Greenfinches all showing well at a small waterhole near Clearbrook

  

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 4:34 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

East Devon ish

A visit to a private lake at South Brent at first light this morning produced three Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail.  Mallard and Moorhen with young.

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh a drake Mandarin.

Woodbury Common and Aylesbeare Common ~ Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer, with Woodbury being the more productive location.

Around Exminster Marsh ~ Cetti, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, brief view of a Hobby being mobbed by two Lapwing and a Carrion Crow, Swallow and Swift.

 

 

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 3:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Red kite Ebford

Red kite east of Exe-  Ebford - flying north 19th May

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 10:40 am by Ben murrell in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 19th May 2018

Trendlebere Down

Late evening visit  in the hope of seeing Nightjars, and saw one at some distance flying away from us, but heard plenty of churring. Also viewed a Grey Heron flying over (quite late on), plenty of Mallards returning to roost on the Yarner reservoir, Willow Warbler, Linnets, Robin, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, and 2 Tawny Owls.

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 10:49 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 07:30 till 13:00

on the walk down to the hide at bowling green marsh a garden warbler showed well for a few minutes on the left as you walk down the hill, a willow warbler over the back of the marsh.

then from the goat walk 53+ sanderling, 51+ dunlin, 7 ringed plover, 3 grey plover, 2 whimbrel, 1 summer plumage knot.

from the hide at bowling green marsh 4 red kite, 1 knot, 1 dunlin, 160+ black tailed godwits, a surprise was 2 turnstone which dropped in, 1 whimbrel.

then from the viewing platform 1 red kite, 4 reed warbler

finished with another look from the goat walk , 1 marsh harrier over exminster marsh flying towards turf, 7+ hobby( 5 over north of exminster marsh and 2 over turf) 

 

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 8:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Roborough Down today 19-05-18

Very vocal Cuckoo mid morning to early afternoon. Stonechats, Chaffinches, Reed Warbler, Yellowhammer, Dunnock and Robin. Male Broad-bellied Chaser.

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 7:01 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Two or 3 Red Kites to the NE mid morning plus Knot, Whimbrel and Dunlin on the marsh with the Black-tailed Godwits. Also Fox.

A bit later another Red Kite over the A30 near the Ottery junction.

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 6:09 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dartmoor various locations

Around the Shipley area near South Brent this morning 27 plus species including Wren, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Mistle and Song Thrush,Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Cuckoo calling north of the car park, Green Woodpecker, Linnet, steady passage of Herring Gull up the River Avon valley and 20 plus in a field along with a Greater Black Back, on leaving a Treecreeper.

Lutton near South Brent two Swift, three over home and another five over the centre of the village.

Two Cuckoo calling top end of Sousson's plantation and another two at Headland Warren along with Wheatear and Whinchat.

 

 

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thorne Moor SSSI, North Devon

Heard cuckoo calling from garden this morning. Didn't hear/see one last year so good news!

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 11:09 am by Mark West in General Birding

Dartmoor Cuckoo

An early start on the moor netted me this Cuckoo at Emsworthy Mire around 06.00 this morning in the rising sun. I managed to use some fireldcraft and camouflage to get to approx 25 meters away and observe without it knowing I was there. Patience is the key. Also whilst there I was privileged to see one of at least three in the area feeding. The usual enterage of Meadow pipets were mobbing the bird.  No sign of the reported Eagle although the normal Stonechats , Swallows, Crows, Magpies, Blackbirds were all active.

Cuckoo Emsworthy MireCuckoo Emsworthy Mire



Posted May 19th, 2018 at 9:50 am by John Wilkes in General Birding

Cuckoo

Cuckoo heard several times yesterday afternoon. In the woodland by the river Lew, by the village of Northlew

Posted May 19th, 2018 at 7:31 am by Chris Baines in General Birding

Friday 18th May 2018

Cuckoos on Dartmoor

We walked from Two Bridges to Wistmans Wood and on to the weir where we crossed the river, returning  along the leat.  We heard cuckoos calling on about 20 separate occasions.  I make no claims about the number of birds but at one point we did see two cuckoos flying together below Wistmans Wood above the river.  All very exciting.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 7:48 pm by Philip Strange in General Birding

Holden Butterfly Walk

Up at Holden today, very quiet except for this Pearl-bordered Fritillary which showed very well.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning’s walk produced 2 Whimbrels with 7 Curlews on Blaxton, Oystercatcher, 7 drake Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard & a few pairs of Swallows nesting.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Emsworthy Nature Reserve (E Dartmoor)- Trendlebere Down- Yarner Woods.

A day out with Geoff Green started with 3 Cuckoo, 3 Redstart and Tree Pipit at Emsworthy.

After lunch at Trendlebere Down Middle car park our attention was drawn to 2 birds of prey over the opposite hillside.  One massive and the second clearly a much smaller Buzzard which was mobbing it.  The larger bird was very dark with flat wings.  We then picked up trailing jesses on each leg.  We could only think of this being an escapee eagle (Golden Eagle?).  Last seen around 12.45 as it disappeared over the hill north towards Manaton.

Visiting Yarner, Pied Flycatchers were present, plus 2 Mistle Thrush and a Spotted Flycatcher but no Wood Warblers were found or reported by others.

The higher car park on Trendlebere Down produced 2 Whitethroat, Linnets, Skylark and a distant Cuckoo heard.  Another Tree Pipit was found from the Middle car park.

 

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 4:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Re Nick Walters post ~ Golden Eagle over the Bovey Valley

Re Nick Walters post ~ Golden Eagle over the Bovey Valley

This bird is an AWOL falcony bird owned by Martin Whitley of Dartmoor Hawking at Moretonhampsteadand is a female Golden X Steppe eagle and has been out for several days now despite all Martins efforts to recover her.

If any member of Devon Birds does have a sighting can they contact Martin ASAP on 07791 560948 please, all the sighting reports he has received to date have related to Red Kites.

 

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Trendlebere Down - Golden eagle

Golden eagle ( carrying jesses ) circling over Bovey Valley below Trendlebere Down c1245 18th May. Drifted off towards Hound Tor. 

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 2:53 pm by Nick Walter in General Birding

Bursdon Moor and Meddon Green.

Lovely sunny weather at Bursdon this morning.

4 Buzzards, At least 4 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 6+ Willow Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Garden Warbler, 10+ Swallows,1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, several Linnets and c.7 Skylarks and numbers of corvids over

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Exmouth

2 Red Kites circling over Cedar Close/Maple Drive area this afternoon before drifting off east at 1430hrs.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 2:38 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

red kite

Red Kite over devon county show yesterday 17th

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 6:55 am by eric in General Birding

Thursday 17th May 2018

Yelland/Isley Marsh

Red Kite at 08.45, one of the ravens giving it a good talking to.

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 11:33 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Velator

After two weeks away, returned to the reserve this evening. Moorhen with 3 young, and Canada Geese with 7! I like them - they do free grass cutting!

46 Godwits out on the scrape.

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 9:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plymouth Group meeting at Bennett's Cross

25 Plymouth Group with other members from Devon Birds met up at today at Bennett's Cross to walk to Challacombe Farm for moorland birds. With the weather very kind to us we able to see a total of 37 species with the highlights being good numbers of Whinchats, Cuckoo and while having lunch at Golden Dagger Tin Mine a Red Kite drifted over to the South West.

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:49 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in General Birding

The Cris Rogers Memorial Hide

Iam sure somebody will moan at me putting this up but I want to congratulate those who look after the Hide and the Reserve at Charleton Marsh, I travel around the UK a lot and have to say this hide is the best! Apart from stunning views, lots of information, pictures and records there is Cushions! All you need is a Kettle and it will be 5 stars, well done everybody, you set the standard!


Posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

White Wood wood warblers

In reply to below, yes there has been colour ringing

of wood warbler at this site by RSPB science staff. Any photos of known date and location that show the colour ring combination would be met with huge thanks by Malcolm Burgess and colleagues. Please contact south west regional RSPB office in Devon if possible to determine contact email. Thanks!

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 2:02 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Yarner & Newton Abbot

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere this morning, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer, Linnet, Wren, Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher, two Woodpecker species and Mistle Thrush.

Town Quay, Newton Abbot ~ Cetti/Sedge/Reed Warbler all in the reeds by the railway bridge, Grey Wagtail, House Martin, Mute Swan sitting on a nest, several broods of juvenile Starlings with parent birds, Skylarks could be heard singing towards the race course.

 

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 1:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

White Wood

Following on from my blog of 15th Tony Sherwood's photo showed that the Wood Warbler had black & white rings on left leg. Was the bird ringed at this site?

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 8:03 am by David Leigh in General Birding

Holsworthy

Red Kite over 0630

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:19 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Tory Brook, Plympton - Dippers

A pair of Dippers feeding their youngster on the Tory Brook downstream of Loughter Mill, with a Grey Wagtail adding a bit of colour.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 9:57 pm by Janet Marcol in General Birding

Red kite Morchard Bishop

Red kite heading west between New Buildings and Morchard Bishop 3.30 today

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Steve Allbrighton in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Hams

Soar was rather blustery this morning but we managed to dig out 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Hobby, 4 singing Sedge warblers, male Reed Bunting & 2 Blackcaps.

Later at West Charleton marsh: 3+ Reed Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kites over Plymouth

Two Red Kite were wheeling over the southern end of Mutley this morning at 11.20. They drifted off towards the south,

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 11:35 am by Joe Higman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite over Tiverton

Solitary kite at 08.15, drifting towards Bolham whilst being harangued by

a sparrowhawk.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 8:26 am by Dave Bittern in General Birding

Roborough Down

2 Red Legged Partridge 1 Whitethroat,3 Bullfinches,Meadow Pipits,1 m Cuckoo,1 Garden warbler,Willow Warblers,Stonechats,2 Blackcaps,3 Greenfinches,Goldfinches,1 Kestrel,2 Buzzard,5 Chaffinch,1 Chiffchaff.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 8:17 am by Chris buckland in General Birding

Red Kite at Castle Down (Posbury), Crediton.

Lots of chaffinches, blackbirds and wrens singing this afternoon along a cycle ride from Crediton out to Fingle Bridge... Skylarks singing around Venny Tedburn... Saw a fair number of orange tips throughout afternoon... Blackcaps, willow warblers and a wood warbler were heard at Fingle Bridge. Disappointed that I never saw any pied flycatchers as I'd hoped... Good numbers of hirundines flying over the farm at Greystone Cross between Crockernwell and Drewsteignton: Swallows and House Martins... Startled a red kite at Posbury (SX 80755 97272), which flew out of a tree on Castle down and into Blackdown Plantation.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 12:09 am by Andrew Head in General Birding

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Plymouth

Plym Estuary this afternoon - 3 drake Mandarin Ducks, female Grey Wagtail feeding a juv, Whimbrel & 6 Curlews.

Plymbridge Woods - 2 Marsh Tits & 2+ Siskins.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 9:34 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

White Wood, Venford

Of interest a singing male Wood Warbler bearing red/orange over yellow ring on right leg. 4 Pied Flycatchers inc  a female,Spotted Flycatcher,Blackcaps,Tree Pipits & 2 Cuckoos heard. Yellowhammer near water treatment works.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 8:38 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Sharpa scrape + Wrafton pond

Late aft - 42 Black tailed Godwits on the scrape, a single Swift over the pond & the pair of Mute Swans now with 3 juveniles.


Posted May 15th, 2018 at 7:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Roborough Down

Mobile Cuckoo early this morning.


Posted May 15th, 2018 at 5:59 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Roborough Down

Five Red Kites over at lunch time going west.


Posted May 15th, 2018 at 5:56 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

2 Ring necked parakeets flew North over Budleigh Salterton at 17.30 today.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 5:43 pm by Paul Reynolds in General Birding

Broadsands

whitethroat singing at elberry cove this morning.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 5:34 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

Black Hill Haytor

1 Red Kite Drifted SW over Black hill at about 11am today.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 4:25 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Yelland/Isley Marsh RSPB

Just to add to the pile, a Red Kite circling at ~13:00

Raven nest is more or less vacated, five young roosting nearby. Mistle Thrush, Robin and Blackbird feeding fledglings. Food being brought to nests of Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and surprisingly saw male Whitethroat carrying food already; most likely to the incubating female?

Goldfinch brought their young down for breakfast on our lawn this morning.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 3:45 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Plym Woods - Cann Viaduct - 2 Red Kites

2 Red Kites flew over Cann viaduct in Plym Woods at around 13.10 in the distance and high up, shots taken were nearly into the Sun

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 2:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor Red Kites

A dozen or so Red Kites thermaling over the Village late morning/ lunchtime heading towards Combe Tescos. Now back again. 

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 1:05 pm by Kevin Brooks in General Birding

Occombe

Early morning walk, before work, in the glorious May sunshine. Enjoyed my 1st sighting of the pair of Swallows at Occombe (I was becoming concerned that they wouldn't show this year). The harsh winter hasn't had an affect on the Wren population as I counted a minimum of 10. Also a good year for Blackcaps with at last 5 on site, the best number I've recorded here, though at the expense of the Chiffchaff, only 3 this morning (in previous years there's been as many as 7 or 8). Good numbers of Blackbird, Stock Dove & Great Tit, as well as Robin. Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Pheasant and Jackdaw.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 8:51 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Monday 14th May 2018

Exeter Quay

If anyone's lost a fulvous whistling duck with a yellow ring on its right leg, it was having a great time at sunny Exeter Quay this afternoon.


Posted May 14th, 2018 at 11:10 pm by Andrew Taylor in General Birding

Red kite

Two red kite flew over Christow from the Haldon Hills direction, heading west at about 6.30pm this evening. 

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 9:30 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

Red Kite ~ Near Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh

Early this evening a local farmer rang me to say that he had ten Red Kite's on one of his fields near Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh.

The field in question was being used for preparing garden turf, several surrounding fields are having grass cut, on arrival all but one Kite had departed but the remaining bird showed well.

Back home at South Brent a single Swift over the house.

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 9:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh viewing platform

Watched from 16:30 till 19:25

A steady passage of Red Kite with 42+ heading west and north west also 1 hobby 

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 8:53 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Red Kite passage

Minimum 80 Red Kites heading West over Colyton between 14:15 and 17:45. Some birds were very high so we would have missed some; total birds going over would likely have been a fair few more than the 80 recorded. Also 1 Hobby over.

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Tim White in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kites

19 Red Kites over Ilsington 17.25 14 May, gaining height and drifting west.

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 5:35 pm by Phil in General Birding

Isley marsh

Female Merlin at Isley Marsh this lunchtime. She flew up and landed on a fence post before quickly flying off again. Sedge warblers, Whitethroat and Meadow Pipits breathed a collective sigh of relief and resumed singing!

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

First House Martins

First sighting of House Martins arriving back in Chudleigh this morning. Already checking out nest sites under the Eve's.

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 11:22 am by Neil Mander in General Birding

Red Kite- M5

A Red Kite flew south over the M5 at 9.05am, c4 miles north of Exeter Services towards Broadclyst 

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 9:26 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Nightjars on Haldon

A stroll at dusk around the Harcombe area of Haldon Forest produced only one churring male Nightjar, plus a calling Tawny Owl. The ISS did make an impressive flypast though!

Posted May 14th, 2018 at 9:18 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Sunday 13th May 2018

Powderham marshes

1 male garganey still present today . also several hobbies over Exminster marshes and a flock of 40 Whimbrel

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 9:54 pm by Jeff hacon in General Birding

Shellduck

Very unexpected shellduck stayed for 2 hours on an arable field in Rattery . A first for our farm.

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Ian samuel in General Birding

Broadsands

3 whimbrel flying near elberry cove this morning.

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

Preston, Paignton

I heard the 1st Swifts over Preston this morning, and then this evening a solitary Swift flying overhead.

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 8:48 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Roborough Down, Nr Plymouth

 Roborough Down near Plymouth ~ Yellow Hammer 4+, two pairs of Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldfinch 10+, Buzzard, numerous Willow Warblers, Meadow Pipit, good numbers of Swallows and Wren 3+

  

 

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Last line of defence - Horsey

Looking towards the White House, photo showing Horsey Island on the left, the inner Great Bank, the Toll Road & Braunton grazing Marshes to the right. Male Common Blue seen yesterday but not on Horsey.

 

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 3:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Herring gulls

Am puzzled by the reduction in the number of herring gulls in my part of Exmouth - central Victorian terraces. Usually many on roof tops, and kept awake by their noise, but this year very few around. Is this a local phenomenon or is it more wides[read?

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 1:44 pm by Margaret mackintosh in General Birding

Rare Breeding Birds in Devon

Yet another reminder - any posts containing Devon Rare Breeding birds will be deleted. 

Please see: https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species  if you are unsure

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 11:21 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Powderham Marsh yesterday evening

Saturday evening visit to Powderham Marsh. Still 2 Male Garganey, 60+ Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin, 40+ House Martin, 8 Swift, 5 singing Reed Warbler & 5 Whimbrel. Lots more hurindines over Exminister too. 

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 7:54 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Saturday 12th May 2018

DWT reserve Heathfield

A late evening visit to the DWT reserve at Heathfield gave five possibly six Nightjar churring and seen in flight.

Before it got to dark Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, a possible Tree Pipit and numerous Swallow.

Over at Stover two Tawny owls calling but no sign of any Nightjar's. 

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 11:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Burrator

This morning, east of Norsworthy bridge:-

1 singing Redstart (m), 1 Green Woodpecker (m), 3 Siskin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree pipit in display flight, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Roe deer amongst the pines.

At Sheepstor: 5 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed bunting (m), 3 Stock dove, on feeders in private garden, 3 House Martin overhead.

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 7:00 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Turf Locks

Osprey fishing on the river this afternoon . 

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 6:45 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whimbrel with 6 Curlews on Blaxton Pool, Nuthatch nesting, Green Woodpecker, 3 drake Mandarins, Whitethroat singing & 12 Swifts.

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 6:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Meddon Green LNR

A morning walk around the reserve saw, 2 Redpoll, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Chaffinch, 3 BLackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock.

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 2:06 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Friday 11th May 2018

Prawle Point

Seawatch  from 7.45am till 1.30pm in reasonable conditions: SE 4. 4 Pomarine Skuas-2 dark and 2 pale phased; 1 Bonxie; 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Puffin. 1000+ Manx Shearwaters.Left before rain set in as lost my rain hood !

 

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 11:13 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head update

Seawatch 0920-1920 (with Pete Aley and Bill MacD). SSE-S with rain bearing front arriving1320-1800, clearance by 1830. A very strong passage of 98 Puffins (a record here, my previous highest count was 66 on 09/04/09), in groups up to four. Also Iceland Gull (presumed faded 2cy and almost certainly same bird as seen by Rupert Kirkwood 2 days ago), Balearic Shearwater (good record for May), c6300 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Bonxies, Red-throated Diver (bp) Great Northern Diver (bp), 9 Sandwich Terns, 18 Common Scoters (8S,10N), Whimbrel and singles of Common Dolphin & Harbour Porpoise.

Iceland Gull (2cy?)Manx Shearwaters

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Beesands Ley

Got to Slapton Ley late afternoon. In the rain a couple hundred Swallows and about 100 House Martins at Torcross. Around Ireland Bay c500 Swifts. Numbers soon fell as the rain eased and the sun came out, all this fairly predictable at Slapton. A half hour seawatch from the Memorial Car Park produced 185 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Sandwich Terns heading south. Around at Beesands Ley surprised to see what I presume is the same male Garganey that was found on Monday. Also still a Pochard and a few Swifts, Swallows and House Martins dropping in and out.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 8:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch this afternoon to coincide with the poorer weather (13.20 - 18.00): highlight was a Pomarine Skua with good spoons; also Balearic Shearwater, 62 Puffins, c4,700 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, Red-throated Diver, 4 Sandwich Terns & a Harbour Porpoise.

MD was there before and after me so update with higher numbers anticipated.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 8:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Garganey at Bowling Green Marsh

A lunchtime lots of Swifts and hirundines, and the Ruff with the Godwits, as described by Simon Bates later in the afternoon, but the surprise find was a male Garganey skulking in the reeds in the channel nearest the railway track.  Also quite a few Rook, an uncommon visitor to the marsh still.  

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Generally a bit quiet on the Marsh this morning. Lots of Swift, Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins. Three Ruff at the back showed quite well amongst the Black Tailed Godwits, one quite red, one with a black neck and one with a black and white neck.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 3:11 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Exton

Lunchtime walk to Exton - Glaucous Gull (imm) between Exton and Lympstone Commando approx 1.30.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 1:38 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Alan & Abbie Fielding would like to thank the person who let them look through his scope, at Bar Tailed Godwits and a Ruff, yesterday at Bowling Green Marsh hide.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 9:32 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

South Brent

Yesterday 10th May gave me my first sightings of House Martins over the village and at home at South Brent, the first and only Swift so far came over the house on Tuesday.

Soaring Sparrow Hawk put up a flock of 22 Starlings, later in the day a teircel Peregrine had a tickle at my racing pigeons but they lived to fly another day.

Last night several adult Tawny owls heard calling through the night and one mobile young bird calling, nice to know that they have bred successfully again this year.

Long Tailed Tit pair with a nest of young and a Blue Tit on eggs in one of the garden nest box's.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 7:50 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 10th May 2018

Sharpa Marshes

Up to 100 Hirundines alighting on stalks on Sharpa Marshes at 19.30 this evening.


Posted May 10th, 2018 at 10:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

A361 near Tiverton

Single Red kite over the A361 west of Tiverton at 0815 this morning. 

Posted May 10th, 2018 at 8:33 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes & Powderham Reserve

Plenty of Swifts (c35) and Sand Martins (30+) over Exminster Marshes with 6 Hobbies & a flock of 30+ Whimbrels flew over.

At Powderham Reserve, 2 drake Garganeys,  Common Sandpiper & 13 Whimbrels.

Posted May 10th, 2018 at 5:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yarner Wood

12 - 3pm, pick of the bunch... endless pied flycatcher, 5 marsh tit and a couple redstart 

Posted May 10th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by George Hinton in General Birding

Okehampton, Castle woods

Wood warblers in castle woods, and later, first swifts over town.

Posted May 10th, 2018 at 7:58 am by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Yelland/Isley Marsh RSPB

Highlights this morning were 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone (1 winter 1 summer plumage), 9 Dunlin (summer plumage), 4 Whimbrel and a Curlew. Plenty of Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat, some of each were extremely showy and gave incredible song-flights.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 8:47 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Venford, Bench Tor, White Wood

3 Crossbill, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Redstart, 4 Tree Pipit, 13 Willow Warbler and 7 Wood Warbler.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 8:44 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in General Birding

Yelland - new regeneration of the heronry?

There is a single Grey Heron nest (with a very large youngster stretching its neck this morning) in the thick willow scrub behind the pond west of Yelland's old power station site.

My recollection from chats about the old heronry with more long-standing birders in Devon, is that although there used to be nests in the scots pines around the station perimeter, this colony had 'gone bust' and no herons have bred there in years. If this is the first nest in a while then it has made my month! Eds/others please confirm.

PS - I'm also delighted to report that despite long-running disturbance from construction on the power station's footprint, a breeding pair of Raven remain: A nest with large youngsters was spotted in the scots pines this morning.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 8:32 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Dunsford Wood

Fleeting views of  a pair of Wood Warblers at Dunsford Wood today.

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 4:58 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

2 Greenland Wheatears - very approachable! Many Cirl Buntings still in flocks, looks like a late season.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 4:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Sea Watch from Berry Head, 06:30 - 12:00:

  • 300 - 400 Manx Shearwater (Hard to keep track of nos as many birds doubled back, > S, then < N, with many landing in rafts ranging from c.20 - c. 60 strong no discernable Balearics);
  • 4 - 8 Arctic Skua (2 > S; 4 < N; 2 > S ?);
  • 1 Pomarine Skua < N; 
  • 1 R-t Diver > S; 
  • 2 Arctic Terns < N (+ 3-4 Commic Terns >S);
  • 1m & 1f Wheatear between point & quarry.
  • 1 Man (Homo Sapien) in a Kayak - we've not met but hi Rupert!

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 4:50 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Kayak trip Berry Head

photos from this am

Manx and Berry head ? Iceland Gull Purple Sandpiper
Manx and Berry head                          Iceland Gull                        Purple Sandpiper

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 4:35 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Berry Head kayak trip

Part 1,

120+ Manx shearwaters

20+ Razorbills

Guillemots , many

2 Great Northern Divers flying across the neck of Berry Head at Shoalstone.

1 Sandwich tern

1 White winged Gull near Berry head at 0900, Iceland I think

1 Purple Sandpiper at Brixham Breakwater

(note: just in case anyone was, justifiably, worried  I didn't go anywhere near the Guillemot colony and photographed the auks 2 miles offshore)

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 4:32 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Berry Head kayak trip

further photos

Manx Shearwater Razorbills Guillemot
Manx Shearwater                            Razorbills                                         Guillemot

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 2:22 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Welcombe area.

During Part 1 of my BBS this morning:-

4 Yellowhammers, 1 Raven over and 1 Buzzard,, 2 pairs of Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps, only 1 Willow Warbler but 4 Chiffchaffs, House Martins and Swallows plus the 'commoner' species.

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 11:59 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Dawlish Warren Red-backed Shrike

The Red-backed Shrike was still showing at Dawlish Warren this afternoon. The only other bird of note was a Cuckoo.

Red-backed Shrike  Cuckoo
Red-backed Shrike                                          Cuckoo

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar & Slapton Ley

At Soar first thing, no signs of migration but c18 Whitethroats around.

Later, Slapton produced 15+ Swifts, Common Sandpiper & Tawny Owl.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Countryside Park

Red Kite over approx 11:30 this morning. Quite a few warblers around including a lots of Whitethroats.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

11am - 13pm x4 hobby feeding across marsh directly opposite Turf.

A few whimbrel dotted here and there, along with usual warblers.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by George Hinton in General Birding

Red Kite - Haytor

A Red Kite flew south over the road by Haytor at 11.05am and watched circling the moor for 10 minutes

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 2:28 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exe Estuary/Exminster Marshes

Red Kite over the estuary towards Exton/Clyst Estuary drifted off over Exminster Marshes at 1330hrs. Also, a distant Hobby high over the marshes. 

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 2:07 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Red Backed Shrike - update

The Male Red-Backed Shrike showing around Greenland Lake still 12.55 at least. 

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 12:56 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Male Red backed shrike near the car park (edge of nature reserve near copse known as the Cuckoo's nest). From inner car park, pick up gravel path that leads into nature reserve - bird seen in bushes near copse.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 9:36 am by Stephen Edwards in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Challacombe, Dartmoor.

Late entry - 7th May.

Gloriously sunny day on the moor produced a pleasing array of birds:-

2 Whinchats, 1 female Redstart, 1 Tree Pipit, at least 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cuckoos, Meadow Pipits, Swallows and a House Martins nest at the farm, 5+ Wheatears and several Linnets, 1 Buzzard soaring.   Moderate numbers of Orange Tip butterflies.

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 7:37 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Monday 7th May 2018

Slapton Yesterday

(Sorry Eds, the co-author login is not letting me log in)

Sun 6/5 A male Garganey dropped onto the Ley at c. 1000 for a few seconds before deciding that an open lake was not its preferred habitat. Also two Hobby last night over the village.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:16 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

A sunny evening walk. Whimbrel in the rough fields by path, at least 15 but probably more. Male Garganey still present. Otherwise a selection of common Warblers singing including a Willow Warbler. 

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 07:00 till 14:45

A quick look around bowling green marsh showed 3 ruff still, 1 great creasted grebe, 4 Reed warbler, 4 Reed buntings, 3 common gull, 6 tufted duck, from the goatwalk 500+ Dunlin 4 ringed plover, 7+ grey plover.

A great days raptor passage started just after 09:30 with a red kite heading over powderham Park heading north west from the goatwalk , 20 minutes later a second red kite headed north over exminster marsh soon followed by 2 hobby, and 1 peregrine, Just before 11:00 picked up an Osprey heading north over exminster marsh gaining height as it crossed over the motorway bridge, 11:20 produced 1 red kite before it joined another 2 then heading north, followed soon after by another red kite this time low over the goat walk heading east, numerous hobby we’re seen between turf and the motorway bridge.

moved up to the church in topsham and again had numerous hobby, and buzzards between turf and the motorway bridge and 2 kestrel.

then moved round to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh again numerous buzzards, and then 13:58 another red kite low over the viewing platform again heading east. 

Then from the hide at bowling green another 2 red kite high heading east at 14:34 and 1 knot in with 200+ black tailed godwits.

so final totals 9 red kite, 1 osprey, 2 kestrel , 10+ hobby, 1 peregrine, 4+ sparrowhawk, 50+ buzzards, the hobby total was more likely higher and the same with the buzzard total.

 

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:52 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mardon Down near Moretonhampstead

Cuckoo calling around 5pm.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Dartmoor

Yarner Wood;:  4 Hobby hawking overhead with Sparrowhawk; 6m Redstart; numerous Pied Flys; 4+ Lesser Redpoll; several Garden Warblers. Non-avian: 40+ Brimstones in 26C.

Emsworthy Mire: 2 male Cuckoos.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:59 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Ramshorn

2 Red Kites today flying south over Ramshorn (Pearl-bordered Fritillary site near Bickington). First one at 1217, with the second a short while later. 

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:56 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

River Otter

Red Kite low over the White Bridge at 3.40pm, nice. Also pr of Goosanders on the river, a drake Wigeon and a sum. plum. Great Northern Diver on the sea.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:50 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Exe estuary

Osprey low over Powderham Park at noon then flew north towards Turf. Otherwise a few whimbrel (c10) and 6 curlew near Turf.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:04 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Yarner Woods Sat 06/05/2018

A great morning spent at Yarner Woods yesterday , Plenty of Pied Flycatchers and several Common Redstart.

Handspme Redstart  Posing Pied Flycatcher  Singing Pied Flycatcher
Handspme Redstart                   Posing Pied Flycatcher                      Singing Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Paul Dibben in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Generally quiet but managed: 3+ Whimbrels, 4 Nuthatches, Robin feeding 3 young out of the nest, the female Red-crested Pochard & a Roe Deer.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 1:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Pied Flycatchers Return

Out early this morning at Lydford Gorge, Dartmoor, Devon and spotted this Female Pied Flycatcher and her mate. She had just delivered food to the youngsters inside the nest whilst he stayed outside patrolling the area. The nest is unusual as normally, I think, it is open fronted like a Robin's nest.

 Eds - this is the usual nest box for Pied Flycatchers 

 

 

Female Pied Flycatcher in Nest.    Male Pied Flycatcher.
Female Pied Flycatcher in Nest.                          Male Pied Flycatcher.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Garganey beesands let

Male garganey showing really well on the left island from the hide at 11.50am

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 11:56 am by Hamish Johnson in General Birding

Exmouth

Red Kites seen today. The first one circling over Maple Drive/Cedar Close area, before drifting off SE at 1042hrs. The second one over Hulham Rd area at 1300hrs heading towards the Exe estuary. Yet another over Birchwood Rd at 1522 heading SE.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:51 am by Terry Smith in General Birding

Owley Moor Gate, South Brent

Owley this morning Cuckoo calling well but staying very distant, two Mistle Thrush, two Jay, numerous Meadow Pipit, singles of Buzzard, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler.

Image of a Sparrow Hawk taken yesterday by Jude Hewlett as it passed over my home at South Brent while being mobbed by Swallows.

  

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet except for 6 Common Sandpipers between the Bridge and Ireland Bay. Also a Whimbrel on the beach and 2 Sandwich Terns offshore.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:40 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 6th May 2018

Topsham

Watched from 09:00 till 11:30

from the goat walk 360+ dunlin, 15 ringed plover , 2 hobby over exminster marsh.

A quick look from the hide at bowling green marsh produced 1 knot in with 240+ black tailed godwits, 2 ruff, 7 common gull and the great crested grebe.

from the viewing platform 2 red kite from the east drifting north west , 1 avocet, 1 ringed plover, 1 dunlin, 4 whimbrel, 7 great crested grebes

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 11:20 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cann Nightjars are in

Tonight, Sunday 6th, was our fourth evening visit to Cann Woods, Plympton, with none seen/heard up until last night. Tonight tho' we heard two Nightjars churring and chucking, with sightings of one of them. In the dim light we saw what appeared to be a third, but it turned out one of the Nightjars flushed a Tawny Owl!  A Cuckoo was seen still calling after 9:00pm.  Two Roe Deer and at least eight Fallow Deer also.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 10:43 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

River Caen Braunton

Osprey seen circling at 10.45am and again in the afternoon, continually pestered by gulls.

ALso a Red Kite in the vicinity of Ashford Garden Centre, on the A361.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:57 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

Seen on this mornings high tide and around Saltram. Greenshank 1, Whimbrel 3, Curlew 5, Wheatear 1f, Whitethroat 1, Linnet 3, Stock Dove 4.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:25 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Morte Point

This afternoon at Morte Point, I had good views of a Short eared Owl quartering over the highest view point, to the disapproval of all the Magpies.                                                                                                                                                        This wknd at Bicclescombe park boating lake a Lesser Black Backed Gull was having a wash and brush up. Although I regularly see 2 potential breeding/ resident pairs on the supermarket roof, to my recollection this is the first one I've seen at this location, it flew off and landed on a roof deep inside Herring Gull territory, could it be the vanguard for an increase in numbers for this species in Ilfracombe ? 

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Hornet

While looking through some Hives at Buckfastliegh with friends one of them came across this Queen Hornet, unlike the Asian Hornet they seem to leave the Honey Bees alone. This one was very calm and friendly, Claire the lead had it on her hand then put it on a leaf. She then fed it Honey from her finger, amazing to watch.


Posted May 6th, 2018 at 7:07 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Newton Poppleford

Red kite overhead. Newton Poppleford. About 6pm today 6-5-18

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 6:53 pm by Nick Bolton in General Birding

Sidmouth

Red Kite high over the northern part of town at 1500hrs, dropped into woods about half a mile south of Bulverton Hill.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

West Charleton

Just seen a Red Kite over a rape field just south of the village

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 4:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey East Charleton

1 Osprey carrying a large fish circling over East Charleton at 15:00 hrs, flew over A379 to the north of the village, presumably looking for somewhere to land and devour its catch. Also this morning the 2nd singing Sedge Warbler this week within 150m of the house and yesterday a stunning male Whinchat

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 3:07 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Topsham Sat 5th May

The adult summer Bonaparte’s Gull at Topsham viewed from the recreation ground early afternoon and 22 Whimbrels nearby.  At Bowling Green Marsh earlier, 2 Ruff in partial breeding plumage, Great Crested Grebe & 1st-s Mediterranean Gull.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 7:54 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Saturday 5th May 2018

River Caen, Braunton

Osprey seen by Andy Cotton between 2:00pm and 2:30pm this afternoon. It was viewed from the toll road perched on a post of the collapsed footpath.


Posted May 5th, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Amazing afternoon of birding

Saturday pm. At least 4 Red Kite circling near Woodbury castle, also saw a Hobby! Lovely weather!

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 6:28 pm by Simon Crookall in General Birding

05-05-18 Roborough Down Adders

On Roborough down two adders were seen, nearly got bit by the Female, a Juvenile Male Adder was in the leat

Watch out for Adders at Roborough Down

Watch out for Adders at Roborough Down

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Underdown, Haldon.

Four Red Kites and one Buzzard circling high over Underdown drifting west at 3.30pm

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 4:23 pm by John Gale in General Birding

Red kite

Just saw what I believe was a red kite flying inwards over Preston Paignton 

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 1:30 pm by Caroline Northcott in General Birding

Saunton Down

Once the sea fog had burnt off & retreated into the Bristol Channel it soon hotted up on the north coast of Devon  Saint Mark's fly in abundance,

1 Holly Blue, 1 Wall Brown & 3 Small Coppers enjoying the sunshine!

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Red Kite

Woodleigh area 9am hung around for a couple of hours. 

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 9:51 am by Colin Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

gore lane exmouth

Whitethroat singing,Whimbrel flew up from adjacent field.

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 7:01 am by eric in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Cuckoo calling from east edge of moor mid afternoon.

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 12:28 am by Paul Freestone in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits and summer plumaged Dunlin on the reserve this morning. Also 2 partial summer plumage Ruff and a Great Crested Grebe. The Bonaparte's Gull showed well on the main island before flying NE, only to return 10-15 minutes later. Single Kingfisher flew onto the reserve from the estuary.

Eds - presumably this report refers to Friday 4th May

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 12:26 am by Paul Freestone in General Birding

Friday 4th May 2018

Berrynarbor Wheatear

Wheatear first spotted at lunchtime today around a newly rotavated area of the garden in Barton Lane.  Still there at 20:15 tonight.  Another highlight today was a very dark Buzzard catching a rabbit in our meadow.  Flew off towards Haggington hill.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Topsham

A quick look around Topsham rec at around 4:30pm. The Bonaparte’s Gull was showing beautifully. Also of note 2 Black Swans

if interested. More info at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head & South Brent

A morning visit to Berry Head ~ six Whitethroat, three Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Wren, numerous Fulmar and Guillemot, Oyster Catcher, Shell duck, Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Great Black Back Gull, a few Swallow, an active pod of Harbour Porpoise.

Surprised to see a Fulmar land on the cliff face and flush a bright yellow Budgie from the cliff, it flew off towards the quarry.

Owley Moorgate, Ugborough Beacon, near South Brent this afternoon, two Cuckoo and three Great Black Back Gulls that had been feeding on a sheep carcass.

  

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 7:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh,Friday 4.30pm

Pectoral Sandpiper showed on the first lagoon. 2 whimbrel in field next to car park.


Posted May 4th, 2018 at 6:22 pm by Adam davison in General Birding

Start Point

Down at the light this morning Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, 7 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers. Yellow Wagtail overhead and 9 scattered Wheatears. Whimbrel and strangely a pair of Gadwall flew north off the Point. Also off the Point 8 Common Dolphins and 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two female Wheatears, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets (my first here this year), 2 Whimbrels, 4 Mandarin Ducks and the female Red-crested Pochard.

Very little in Efford Marsh.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sidmouth

On shingle beach 1 f Wheatear. 11 Turnstones on promenade, completely unbothered by people walking through the flock. Also 4 Whimbrel flying past cliffs near Ladram Bay, and 5 (different ones?) flying off Budleigh Salterton beach earlier.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 1:19 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Thursday 3rd May 2018

South Huish

The reported Pectoral Sandpiper  showing well if a bit distantly at South Huish this morning moving between the right hand corner of the marsh and out to the field behind the marsh where it was flying and feeding with 22 Whimbrel and a summer plumage Godwit.

In the right hand reed bed Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and male Reed Bunting, a few Swallows and House Martins over the marsh.

On the way in a notable hatch of Hawthorn flies over some of the hedgerows and two very prominent Whitethroat's taking advantage hawking insects as they came within reach.

A female Kestrel flew along the shoreline.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

03-05-18 Dawlish Warren

A Kestrel seen diving onto the ground and picking up a Green Lizard, then going to a small tree a devouring it.



Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbill, 3 Whimbrel and 2 Stock Dove this afternoon on the marsh.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 4:13 pm by richard teague in General Birding

Hobby over Wonford

Yesterday around 4pm a hobby went over Burnthouse Lane, Wonford - got a nice view of it against the blue sky!

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

South Huish Marsh & East Soar

Pectoral Sandpiper showing really well at the front of the marsh. Also 20 Whimbrel.

At East Soar: 4 Wheatear, singing Garden Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warblers - GW & WW no longer breed regularly!

Non-avian: First Wall Brown; 5 Roe Deer.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chudleigh Knighton/Finlake

A very pleasant walk this morning for my first Breeding Bird Survey transect. The highlight was a Lesser Whitethroat singing from a thick hedge - only my second there, following the first during the first BBS year in 1994: 25 years ago! Whitethroat and Yellowhammer are still hanging on, the latter seemingly benefitting from the change from agriculture to 'horsiculture' ... I think the buntings must steal oats from horses!

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 1:17 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

kenwith nr

Tantalising view of a small phylossoc this morning.Alerted by its loud high pitched call and constant wing flicking.Didnt get any detail on it due to light and brief views.Flew into tree opposite where it hovered close to ground.eventually flew giving a clicking sound and appeared green above.Sound calls at home suggest pallas's?.Long shot but who knows,grrrrr..3 reed warblers in song in lower pond.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A relatively short look on the high tide this morning produced 5 or 6 Whimbrels, Greenshank, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 10:06 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Taw

At east end of sea wall around Home Farm Marsh, 60-70 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 summer plumage Dunlin on the shore. Up to three different flocks of ten Whimbrel flushed from an unseen part of the sea wall over the next ten minutes, calling often and moving inland.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 11:13 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

A Black Swan, associating with a pair of Mute swans, showing well on the marsh this afternoon. Presumably these are the same birds that have been gracing South Huish for a time, demonstrating the correlation between the two sites. Sorry to report to the three visiting birders hoping for a sight of the Spoonbill that has been seen here regularly, it did eventually turn up. Flying in from lower down the estuary at 1745hrs. Very little else of interest, no waders at all up to 1815hrs!

Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 2.5.2018
Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 2.5.2018

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Velator

About 65 Black-tailed Godwits huddling together for warmth on the scrape this morning. A Shelduck there too. Walked around Sherpa but once again nothing to report. A few singing Warblers in the reserve,

Returned late this afternoon.3 Teal on the scrape, otherwise, all quiet until I left the reserve and saw a small bird on one of the electric pole cable stanchions. It was a cracking summer plumage male Whinchat.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 8:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

3 Willow Tit (1 Leusictic), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallows, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2m Blackbird, 2 Coot, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

02-05-18 Saltram Red-crested Pochard

On the pond inside the grounds by the café, a Red-crested Pochard was swimming around not taking any notice of the public, giving some great close up shots.



Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.15 - 09.45 in persistent heavy rain until the last hour when winds went WNW & it cleared up: 2 Pomarine Skuas complete with “spoons”, 10 Puffins including several sitting on the sea quite close in, 25 Sandwich Terns (all but 1 in a single flock), Bonxie, 15 “Commic” Terns, 2 Whimbrels, 95 Kittiwakes, 2160 Manx Shearwaters, c20 Fulmars & a Harbour Porpoise.

On the land: 2 Wheatears, 3+ Sedge Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs & 4 Blackcaps.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 5:35 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Bay

Seawatch from the Memorial Car Park along Torcross line from 08:30-09:45.

Good nos. of Manx Shearwaters at a rate of around 1200 per hour, 2 Great Northern Divers and 7 Sandwich Terns all going south. Strangely enough 3 Arctic Skuas were going north. Also 2 Whimbrels flew in. 

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 3:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts

2 swifts at Saunton Golf Club yesterday (1st May)

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Kevin Lymer in General Birding

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Pipit - Gore Lane dung-heap, Exmouth - 01/05/18

Definitely a pipit but which one ? Hint of rust colouring around the throat & breast has thrown me

Eds - It’s a Rock Pipit

Pipit
Pipit

Pipit
Pipit

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 8:25 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

South Hams

Very little at Soar first thing so headed to South Huish where a Pectoral Sandpiper had been found and showed well with a Curlew Sandpiper & 10 Dunlins. Also in the area 20+ Whimbrels, 6+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Sandwich Terns, 4 Arctic Skuas, 8 Common Scoters, Wheatear & 6 Reed Warblers.

Later at South Efford Marsh: Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Whimbrels & 6 Dunlins.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

APPLEDORE

Single Gannet swimming inside the estuary between Appledore and Instow. Odd

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Peter Howard in General Birding

Exminster marsh and Bowling Green Marsh.

Exminster marsh at first light this morning, slight frost over the marsh, Whimbrel flighting in, plenty of Swallows numerous Reed Warblers calling, Reed Bunting and Linnet but no sign of the Black-winged Stilt reported yesterday.

While stood at the middle car parking area a Great White Egret flew down the length of the marsh from the Powderham direction passed close to the Lions Rest industrial units and dropped briefly onto the pond towards the end of the mud track but almost immediately took off and flew out as far as the M5 before turning towards and passing over Topsham.

A visit to Bowling Green Marsh gave four Ruff, seven Knott and the Bonaparte’s Gull which was on the spit in front of the hide along with a first summer Mediterranean Gull and three Common Gull, on leaving Swift and male Blackcap seen.

  

 

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 11:53 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point / Beesands Ley

Start Point very quiet. Hobby, 5 Whimbrels and a Pochard at Beesands, no sign of Great White Egret.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 11:07 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

Walk around the southern end this morning. No sign of Stilt. About 20 whimbrel scattered around with one flock of 15 near the railway path. Also one or possibly two lesser whitethroat with a small influx of blackcaps. About 85 shelduck roosting with a small unidentified wader (ringed plover?). Elsewhere one common sandpiper. Passage of swifts over.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 10:51 am by John Waldon in General Birding

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