Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from June 2013


Devon Birds supported the intended outcomes of this project but are very concerned about the current approach with extensive removal of scrub during the breeding season. We do not support the current proposals and have raised our concerns with the landowner Clinton Devon Estates and received a response which causes us great concern. 

We encourage members to raise their concerns with the Environment Agency as recommended in the response from Clinton Devon Estates.

Posted May 5th at 10:55 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe:
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!


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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, 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 the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Sunday 30th June 2013

Laughing Dove

This (presumably escaped) Laughing Dove has been around Seaton all day.

This evening it was resting up, and singing, in a tree on the edge of the green at the bottom of Celandine Close. Nice bird and sounds great!

Laughing Dove (c) P&L Clarke
Laughing Dove (c) P&L Clarke

Posted June 30th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wembury Juveniles

Went down on the coastal path that runs parralell to langdon beach and saw lots of juvenile Swallows and Whitethroats.  A few Fulmars were circling overhead and also some Stonechats perched on the fence.  Oystercatchers and Curlew were offshore and groups of Mallards were congregating on the beach.No sign of any Red Breasted Mersanger,probably because it was high tide.

Posted June 30th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saturday 29th June 2013

Teign Estuary

One Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper at Passage House. The oddly singing Lesser Whitethroat is still singing from time to time by the river near the Brunel Industrial Estate.

Posted June 29th, 2013 at 9:03 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 11:30

the 1st summer little gull was again showing well with 600+ black headed gulls, 6+ med gulls (1ad, 3 2s and 2 1s) 21+ sandwich terns, 76+ redshank, 3 greenshanks, 2 bar tailed godwits, 100+ black tailed godwits, 1 green sandpiper, 18+ little egrets.

from the quay in topsham 11:45

2 common tern with 19+ sandwich terns 


Posted June 29th, 2013 at 12:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 28th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

An excellent (but too brief) lunch break in the hide today. Huge numbers of Black-headed Gulls again. Other highlights were at least 10 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern, 1 Little Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (I'm sure there were more!), 2 Greenshank and 1 Knot.

Posted June 28th, 2013 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Thursday 27th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Big numbers of Black-headed Gulls again this lunchtime. In amongst were 1 Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 27th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:00 till 21:00

The drake scaup was again viewable from the viewing platform from 18:30

A 1st summer little gull showed well from the hide with 900+ black headed gulls and included 7+ Mediterranean gulls ( 3ad, 2 2nd summer, 2 1st summer), 18+ sandwich terns, 3 whimbrel, 2 gadwall, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed warblers, 1 reed buntings, 40+ redshank, 1 greenshanks, 100+ black tailed godwits, 4 bar tailed godwits. 


Posted June 26th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Little offshore this morning apart from 2 flocks of Common Scoter - 40 + 35 flying east. 90% were  males

Posted June 26th, 2013 at 6:26 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Quick look round the reserve this morning was rewarded with brief views of a juvenile Redstart. Now where was that when we were ringing there yesterday!?

Posted June 26th, 2013 at 1:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide from 18:00 till 21:05

A fantastic evening on the marsh, on arrival just a few black headed gulls and a 1st summer Mediterranean gull with a steady stream of gulls coming in then just after 18:45 I was watching a different 1s Mediterranean gull when a tern dropped into view next to it after checking it over wow an adult GULL BILLED TERN a few txts and calls and a few managed to get down and see the bird before it flew out towards the estuary before returning and over the next hour and half it showed very well eventually it settled on the point to the left of the depth marker post and was still there when I left a cracking bird.

The black headed gull roost has increased to 1000+ and included 13+ Mediterranean gulls( 6+ 1s and 7+ 2s), 20+ sandwich tern dropped in and i was surprised to find a common tern and then next to it an arctic tern, also 8 bar tailed godwits 100+ black tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel, 1 oystercatcher, 2 common gull, 2+ reed warbler, 2 reed bunting, 2 little grebe, 1 willow warbler, 5+ shoveler, 3 wigeon, 8+ teal, 3 little egrets, 20+ shelduck, 1 peregrine. 

Just a stunning evenings birding 

Posted June 25th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 24th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

This evening there were at least 8 Mediterranean Gulls (5 f.s. and 3 s.s.) in with c.800 Black-headed Gulls on the edge of the main pool, at least 1 f.s. Common Gull and an ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull. 8 Whimbrel, one Lapwing and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits present. Off the viewing platform a drake Scaup showing well on the very high tide was unseasonal to say the least (but perhaps it was one of the 7 birds off Mudbank Lane, Exmouth in May).

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 11:18 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wembury 24th June

The (redhead) red breasted merganser reported at Wembury Point yesterday was still there today, busily diving amongst the rocks as the tide went out.

Despite the generally dire Spring weather it was nice to see a few fledglings around too - whitethroat, song thrush, linnet, robin and swallow. 

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A cold morning with a brisk WNW  F4 wind but much better viz

Seawatching from Warren Pt  produced - the first Sooty Shearwater of the year  ( picked up sat on the sea before flying off west at 09.45 ), 100 Manx Shearwater - mostly west , 32 Gannet, 9 Auks and at 12.10 a lp Arctic Skua flew east

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sunday 23rd June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:40 till 19:10

800+ black headed gulls with 7+ Mediterranean gulls(3 2nd summer, 4 1st summer ) 6 whimbrel, 5+ sandwich terns, 8 bar tailed godwits, 90+ black tailed godwits, 1 lapwing, 16+ redshank, 40+ curlew, 5+ shoveler,8+ teal, 2 reed bunting, 1 willow warbler, 

Posted June 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wembury Point

 Slightly surprised to find a female Red-breasted Merganser, yesterday, sitting on the beach at high tide with the local Mallards.

Posted June 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am in Bird News

Saturday 22nd June 2013

Devils Point, Plymouth

As I arrived at Devils Point this morning I thought I saw a skua zip past as I was parking. I grabbed my bins and ran to the sea wall, alas no sign.

A little later I noticed that the GBB Gulls were after a smaller bird on the water I looked through the 'scope as one of the gulls pounced on the bird and held it under the water.

In its death throes the skua (for he it was) thrust a wing skyward as if in supplication, as if to feel for the last last time the wind under its feathers. It was then I saw the pointed underwing complete with the white flash.

Its lungs filled with salty brine and it resigned itself to its watery end. After a few desultory pecks the gull flew off and left the corpse floating on the sea.

Little else here apart from a dozen or so Manx Shearwaters beyond the braekwater.

On the Plym were three Med Gulls; a second summer and two first summers.

Posted June 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:30

the black headed gulls have increased to 900+ this afternoon with 6+ Mediterranean gulls( 4 1st summer, 2 2nd summer) 1 common gull, 14+ sandwich terns, 130+ black tailed godwits, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ redshanks, 1 whimbrel, 40+ curlew, 1 oystercatcher, 13+ teal, 4 wigeon, 2 shoveler, 15 little egrets, 1 willow warbler, 1 peregrine, 2 buzzards, 30+ house martins with a few sand martins and swallows.


Posted June 22nd, 2013 at 8:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 21st June 2013


3 sandwich terns put in a brief appearance plus adult and 3 juvenile ravens came to chicken bones!!!.17:00-17:30

Posted June 21st, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sidmouth - Mutters Moor.

An unusual daytime observation of a male Nightjar churring at 11.25 am. I picked up the 'song' from about 200 yards and on passing a likely location was surprised to see the bird perched on a branch ten feet away.  Couldn't resit a quick photo before the bird took flight and it flew around uttering its 'krruit ' call and wing clapping.

This is a good opportunity to advertise Devon Birds' three Nightjar evenings scheduled for Stover Country Park (Sat 29 June), Hartland Forrest (Sunday 30 June) and Mutters Moor, Sidmouth (Wed 10 July).  Details in the 2013 Programme and shortly to be announced in the press.

Posted June 21st, 2013 at 2:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 20th June 2013

Berry Head

Arctic Skua in the  mist harrassing kittiwakes feeding on surface feeding fish .Lots of activity as the water temperature starts to rise and the feed fish start to move inshore

Posted June 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today (until about 1.45) - one of the near adult Mediterranean Gulls from the hide (it has a ring on its left leg) but more surprising was a male Scaup feeding quite distantly from the viewing platform.

Posted June 20th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Newton Abbott

On returning from a trip to see Large Blue butterflies (perfect conditions but only one seen by 2pm !) I went to try my luck with the Lesser Whitethroat sp. in the Aller Brook local nature reserve adjacent to the Brunel Industrial estate. Arrived at 4pm and could hear snatches of song but singing more regularly from 4.30pm when it popped briefly into view on a bush by the bend in the path as described. Song interesting . Final notes of main song sound like Eebee Geebee. Briefly recorded on my phone.It was moving back and forth along the path and no song/calls from 5.15 to 6pm.  

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 8:18 pm in Bird News

West to Middle Soar

Breeding season in full swing with stonechats, wheatears, rock & meadow pipits all feeding young. Cirl buntings & stonechats look to be well down this year - will confirm breeding details later.

Superb day for butterflies with south facing slopes & 21C bringing out 82 Dark Green Fritillaries, 43 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, 57 Small Heaths & 3 Painted Ladies amongst others.

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


On a favoured site last evening 7 churring nightjars, 5 singing cuckoos, 8 singing willow warblers, several tree pipits & lesser redpolls plus two roe deer barking - a magical evening!

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 8:36 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 18th June 2013

25nm off South Devon

From a fishing boat: several European Storm-petrels, 2 Bonxies and a Sooty Shearwater (an interesting bird in wing moult, see photos).

Sooty ShearwaterSooty Shearwater

Posted June 18th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black-headed Gull numbers seem to be growing each day - possibly getting near to 500. In amongst them at 1.30 today were 2 near adult Mediterranean Gulls. Also 1 Whimbrel amongst the Godwits, 4 Teal and 1 Wigeon.

Posted June 18th, 2013 at 3:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 17th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Amongst a large number of Black-headed Gulls today (1.30pm) were 2 1st Summer Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 16th June 2013

Exe Powderham to Turf

During the damp WeBS count this morning there were few birds to count. The highlights, all near Turf, were two common terns and a second summer Med gull.

Elsewhere on the Exminster Marshes there were 3 Black-tailed godwits.


Posted June 16th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch until 14:30 (After Dave left).

Just another 146 Manxies and a single Puffin (All South).

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 7:22 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 8am to 3pm in SW veering SE 3-4 wind with (Frank Scampton) produced :

2 Poms (sub adult pale and dark-originally ID'd by me as Arctic) west and 1 sub adult Arctic East; 2 Stormies west; 4 Puffins west; 11 Whimbrel west, 16 Common Scoter east , 3 Sandwich Terns east, 100 Kittiwakes west and 1377 Manxies west (plus a few east).Not bad for end of season. No swift species !

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 6:54 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch from 1115-1330 with Jake Wood.

Seabirds moving south ; 643 Manx Shearwater, 5 Puffin,3 Sandwich Tern. Moving north; 60 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern (flew into bay to feed), 10 Common Scoter.  

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in Bird News


3 Storm Petrels south between 10:00 - 10:45. Also a Whimbrel.

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 11:12 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Saturday 15th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 11:40

4 mediterranean gulls( 3 1st summer, 1 2nd summer) in with 350+ black headed gulls, 157+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 5 whimbrel, 1 dunlin, 1 redshank, 32+ shelduck, 2 wigeon, 2 little grebes, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed warblers, 2 buzzards, 

Posted June 15th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 14th June 2013


Seawatching 5-6pm showed one fully spooned pale phase Pomarine Skua south. Also 80 Manxies, 3 Fulmars and 11 Auk sp. south.

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 8:10 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

In amongst around 200 Black-headed Gulls from the hide at 1.45 today was a near adult Mediterranean Gull that still had some black in the wing tips.

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 2:36 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exminster / Powderham Marsh

Two Lesser Whitethroat. Walked from the Swans Nest at 10.30am taking the path into Powderham Marsh and found the bird present in hedgerow near to the main road.  Then took the path from the RSPB car park at 11.30am and found the second beyond the third gateway.  Birds previously reported separately by others evidently still present.  The Powderham bird is much the easier to see.

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl seen 13/6/13 on outskirts of Thurlestone around 2pm. The bird spent 5 mins or so hunting before finally moving off escorted by a noisy gang of gulls and rooks!

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 10:08 am by Tim W in Bird News

Thursday 13th June 2013

Thurlestone Bay

A cloudy early morning gave way to sun and a clear horizon by 11.00. Seawatching from Warren Pt  from 08.00 - 12.00. Most of the activity up to 11.00 . Totals were -

328 Gannet,  522 Manx Shearwater, 28 Fulmar, 22 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin - E @ 08.10, 5 Arctic Skua ( 3 E , 2 on sea ). 3 Bonxie - W  , 3 Common Scoter -E , 2 Swift, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 1st s Common Gull.

Almost all the larger birds flying W- only 2 Manx S'water flew E.

On the beach 2 Whimbrel

Black Tailed Godwit on T'stone Marsh this pm .

Posted June 13th, 2013 at 5:56 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Head

seawatching from 11.30>15.30.  4 Storm Petrol  south plus 3 feeding at 15.15, also 5 Sandwich Tern and 61 Manx Shearwater South.

Posted June 13th, 2013 at 5:19 pm by stan stanbury in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

I was surprised to find a Little Ringed Plover at lunchtime today (2pm). Also an Oystercatcher with a metal ring on its left leg and a very large yellow ring on its right leg, both below the knee. I couldn't get any detail on the yellow ring although it had a dark band near the bottom.

Posted June 13th, 2013 at 2:36 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Berry Hd

Seawatch 12.30 - 18.00hrs with Jake Wood: 251 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Storm Petrels,1 Puffin but very Little on the move. 1 Harbour Porpoise off the headland all afternoon. Earlier in the day DMN and JW saw a full spooned Pomarine Skua >S at about 11.30hrs. 

Posted June 12th, 2013 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Hi Robert,

Have a look at

It`s a Dutch website but in english. Tells you all you want to know about Sanderlings.

Posted June 12th, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saunton Sands

A flock of 40 to 60 Small Waders including Sanderling were still moving through from further south to refuel at Saunton Sands on Monday & Tuesday morning of this week on the falling tide. This morning none at all.

It would be interesting to know how long it takes a Sanderling to reach their breeding grounds. Does anyone know of any satellite tracking of this species?

Photo of Sanderling digiscoped at Saunton Sands in 2007.

Posted June 12th, 2013 at 1:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 11th June 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Back on the patch this morning - thick mist and rain until 10.30 SW 4/5 wind ( had been S o/night ).

Between 11.15 and 12.30 a clear break in the weather produced a total of 10 Skuas and other birds off Warren Pt . 9 ARCTIC and an ad POMARINE ( with spoons ). The Arctic's were harrassing a feeding flock of Kittiwake -a total of 20 flew east. 140+ Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 Fulmar

On Thurlestone Marsh  this pm - 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 f Teal, 2 Black Headed Gull.

Interestingly the Pom flew into the Bay and then up the valley

Posted June 11th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Hd

10th June evening seawatch: 1 (1st summer - intermediate grey bird) Long-tailed Skua flew in from north and joined, briefly, a small feeding frenzy of Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Gannets off the end of the head before flying south, 11 Common Scoter, 17 Manx Shearwaters, 50+ Kittiwakes, 60 + Gannets.

Today early seawatch 0530-0930hrs: 6 Puffin (including a small flock of 5), 1 Med Gull and 1 Common Gull (both 1st summers), 151 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Tern, 80 + Kittiwakes, approx 230 Guillemots and just 7 Razorbills. Also a pod of at least 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins > north into Torbay at 0845am

Posted June 11th, 2013 at 10:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 10th June 2013


17 dunln,11 ringed plover around tip pool at 07:30.

Posted June 10th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sunday 9th June 2013

Powderham Marsh late afternoon

Lesser Whitethroat still singing at the back of the marsh, between the first and second turning of the path.

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 8:44 pm in Bird News


super grey plover bp very late migrant or equally early return.Also mixed flock of dunlin/ringed plover around 20 mark flew over to the estuary mouth side.First returning bhg(2)19:00.

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 8:44 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

More Gulls on the Moors

I experienced a similar mass moor Gull sighting to Nik`s, this morning at 11:45 at Landacre Bridge on Exmoor, which is just over the Somerset border. I was coming home from Chetsworth Water near Exford and on the road to North Molton when In the distance could see a mass of gulls circling in the sky. There were 100s and after crossing Landacre Bridge saw them alighting on the ground just above the bridge. They were obviously feeding in rank grass but were too far away to see on what? In the time that I was watching, the nos. swelled to between 500 and 1000. Mostly Herring Gulls but with just a small no. of Lesser Black-backed. 

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 4:18 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News


Another Red Kite over the Foxhole estate with 3 Buzzards at 1.15pm. It headed off NW by itself flying toward the Paignton ring road and Marldon.

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 2:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Belle Vue Road/Mudbank - an osprey fishing the river at1330. Early this morning there were 2 little tern, 1 turnstone, 5+ great crested grebe and 3+ sandwich tern off Mudbank. Yesterday a red kite headed north upriver at 0940, perhaps the individual seen later at the north end of the estuary? Also yesterday at least 4 mediterranean gulls (2 fs, 2s and ad s) and 210+ black-headed gulls.

Orcombe Point - 7/6 - a hobby hunting over Maer Lane sewage works in the afternoon and on 3/6 a late wheatear in the dung field seemed large enough (and late enough) for a 'Greenland' bird but it wasn't terribly colourful.

hobby - they never normally linger long at Orcombe
hobby - they never normally linger long at Orcombe

late wheatear
late wheatear

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 8th June 2013

Top of the Moors

The gull spectacle has started again on the moors with up to 1000 Herring Gull spread out over the hillsides around Challacombe, Hamel Down, over the hill to Shapley Common.  They were there all day foraging for invertebrates (I watch one taking beetles) and presumably chicks of ground nesting birds when they come across them. There were three Lesser Black Backed Gulls in amongst the flock and with a closer scan maybe there are more. The flock contanied a variety of ages mostly non breeding age classes but adults in there too.

It was quite surreal driving along the road with gulls flying off in front of the car, reminded me more of driving in coastal towns rather than on Dartmoor !!


Posted June 8th, 2013 at 6:28 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite soaring above Matford Reserve at 3.00 pm

Posted June 8th, 2013 at 3:59 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

River Teign above Sampsons farm area

Pretty sure , Mandarin duck(f) with 8 ducklings. Very a skittish, so couldn't be 100% sure. Possibly could be wood duck(f). Also GS woodpecker,Buzzard , heard whitethroat, song thrush and Raven .Saw plenty of sandmartins and swallows handful of housemartins. unusually no signs of kingfishers.

Posted June 8th, 2013 at 1:01 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Red Kite

At 10:20am today near Marsh Barton a Red Kite flew over towards Exminster at a great height.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 8th, 2013 at 12:06 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Friday 7th June 2013

Burrator Reservoir area

Myself and Russ Eynon in the area north of Burrator had several male Redstarts and Wheatears. A male Cuckoo and at 1315 two Red Kite over Leather Tor heading N/NE

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News


Had 2 Crossbills fly north over Wood Lane ( behind the field centre ), Slapton village, this morning.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Osprey low over Starcross towards Powderham this morning about 11o'clock.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford sewage works.


Off Pottington - 5 Black-tailed Godwits. Hybrid goose with c40 Canada geese. Looks like a cross between Barnacle and possibly a Ross` Goose. Short neck, small round head and pinkish, blue bill. 2/3s size of Canada. 

Off Ashford sewage works - 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1A, 1 2S); pair of Shelduck with 5 ducklings.

Late posting for same area - 11 Sanderling in breeding plumage on wednesday 5th.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 9:09 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Thursday 6th June 2013

Cuckoos calling on Dartmoor

We have had a large number of sightings of both "bubbling" females and chasing males in many areas of Dartmoor over the last week.  Now you can read and follow the four Dartmoor cuckoos that have been sponsored and tagged jointly by Devon Birds and the DNP here

Posted June 6th, 2013 at 12:09 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Churston > Hillhead, Brixham

1 Red Kite drifted E toward Brixham mid-afternoon also on near the 'false' tree 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a female Whinchat.

Posted June 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sharkham Pt

Yesterday evening I photographed this 2nd calendar year Hobby hawking the cliffs for over 1.5hrs. Interesting to see the contrast in moult from body to wings and tail (newest feathers blue grey).

hobby Sharkam pt 4th June 2013 ML     Hobby Sharkam pt 4th June 2013 ML

Posted June 5th, 2013 at 10:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Male Hen Harrier

Sighted flying west high over Exminster Village at 1.30 pm. 

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 8:53 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat singing on the path by the railway line, but very hard to see!

A Barnacle Goose in with the Canadas on the marsh.

2 Mistle Thrush near Powderham on the cycle home.

Lots of fledgling Long-Tailed Tits about today!

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Yet another red kite

Another red kite seen hunting from the road through Sourton (en route to Lydford Gorge where a dipper flew down the river, and 2 marsh/willow (longish bull-necks - willow?) tits were feeding on the ground by the bird table.

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 4:14 pm by Alfie Pugh in Bird News

Another Red Kite near Paignton!

Just had another Red Kite over Yalberton Idustrial Estate from my bedroom window. Drifted SE at 12:20. Possibly the same bird as yesterdays?

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Monday 3rd June 2013

Haytor Down & Trendlebere

Three hour walk: Terrace Drive (road between Haytor and Manaton): Cuckoos in abundance: 2 together seen in flight  whilst 2 or 3 other birds seen and calling. Also a pair of Mistle Thrushes. Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs singing (by Yarner), Linnets, Yellowhammers and Stonechats (many terrirtories) at Trendlebere.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm by David Cawthraw in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Red Kite over my garden, Clennon Valley - drifted West at 3.50pm.

Red Kite Clennon Valley 03 June 2013 ML

Just seen Jakes post - obviously the same bird!

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Red Kite, near Paignton.

Red Kite over Yalberton Industrial Estate at 16:00. Then drifted East towards Torbay.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Red Kite - Drewsteignton

Red Kite over Drewsteignton this morning c08:30 going West.

(Information passed on by Nick Dixon)

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm in Bird News

Red Kite photo

Meant to add this to previous post but fouled up.

Red Kite - Topsham 3/6/2013
Red Kite - Topsham 3/6/2013

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Topsham - Red Kite

A Red Kite just drifted north over my garden in Topsham at about 12.30. Still waiting for one of Matt's HB's though.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Sunday 2nd June 2013

roving records

Garden Warblers singing at se edge of melbury forest&thornbury n,devon.12 buzzards between powlers piece x & thorne moor nr buckland brewer.Male kestrel nr powlers piece& female at thorne moor.Pair of yellow hammers behaving as though nesting on road from thorne moor also 2 individual males singing.Lovely views of roe deer mother & baby.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Osprey & Red Kite ~ Loddiswell

Today I was shown a cracking image of an Osprey that was photographed while soaring over fishing lakes at Loddiswell during the last few days, also a report of a Red Kite being seen at the same location but not photographed.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kite - Dartmoor

10:05hrs this morning, Red Kite over Peek Hill Farm and Yennadon, eventually driven towards Ingra Tor by corvids and gulls.

(Rob Harrison)

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm in Bird News


Much quieter today, with just 3 Spotted Flycatchers, and a late male Redstart adding a nice splash of colour.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News


Belle Vue Road - another honey buzzard over the house at 10am, this time accompanied by a common buzzard heading high east and possibly a female. Also, an unseasonal drake wigeon on the river.

Orcombe Point - 1 yellow wagtail yesterday.

honey (top) with common buzzard below
honey (top) with common buzzard below. Bottom picture soaring honey.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 1st June 2013

Braunton Marsh - 1st June

Spent an enjoyable couple of hours along the toll-road at Braunton Marsh - lots of species about - dozens of Swallows & Swifts swooping around but no sign of any House Martins. Sedge and Reed Warblers singing from the bushes & reeds together with numerous Skylarks above.   

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Couple of Spotted Flycatchers by the sewage works and a female Marsh Harrier. Little out on the estuary.

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Thought I was having a good day, then I saw the Portland website !!  A total of 43 Spotted Flycatchers is as far as I know the 2nd highest site count, but pales into insignificance when compared to the 1000+ through the Bill today.  Of mine, two groups flew through, of 8 and 6, while the rest were spread throughout the area. The only other migrants were a single Wheatear and a small number of Swifts through.  Yesterday, the 2nd Cuckoo of the year was eyeing up Whitethroat nests. 

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 5:56 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

3 1st  summer little gulls showing well at moment from the hide with the stunning male ruff and 2 1st summer Mediterranean gulls 

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Still some limited migration: 1 Reed Warbler (in song), 2 Wheatears, and two parties of a total of 13 Swallows, 3 House Martins and 3 Swift.

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 9:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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