Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from June 2016

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Thursday 30th June 2016

Stover ~ Kingfishers

The hide over looking the lake at Stover country park visited yesterday morning and this evening, yesterday the Kingfishers were showing really well with some 10 sightings, at one point two birds in view, this evening a single bird seen perched and diving from a distant post.

Great Crested Grebe sitting tight, Mute Swan with three cygnets, Mandarin duck, Coot, Moorhen, Lesser Black Backed Gull (2) Jay, House Martin, Heron, Stock Dove, Buzzard, the sound of calling Chiffchaff just about constant during both visits.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmouth

c150-Gannet seen from the lifeboat station late morning circling and diving offshore with c40-Shag sat on top the water. 33-Sandwich Terns and 12-Shag on sandbank middle of estuary from shelly beach and Common Seal with it's head above the water around the docks entrance. 39-Oystercatchers and 12-Shelduck from the viewing screen  mid-afternoon.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited between 1300-1430. Spotted Redshank Ad, 160 Redshank, 28 Blkwit, 3 Barwit, a Greenshank, 5 Teal, 1 Wigeon & just one 2nd S Med Gull amongst 700 BH Gulls. And 2 Reed Bunting & a Peregrine.

Marbled White's out at nearby Darts Farm.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. At least 5 Mediterranean Gulls in with the Black-headed Gull flock, one adult, 2 near adults (some black in the wing-tips) and 2 1st/2nd year birds. Also 1 Common Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. The Spotted Redshank was at the back of the marsh. Also 4 Whimbrel and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits.

Posted June 29th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 28th June 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch 13:00-17:00. S/SSW4-5 with rain veering WSW with clearance 16:10. Balearic Shearwater (feeding with manx), 571 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Puffin, European Storm-petrel, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 2s), Great Skua, 46 Kittiwakes, 4 Common Scoter, 7+ Razorbills feeding in with local Guillemots, 4+ Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal, 30+ Swifts (MD,ML).

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

Digiscoped this gull earlier this morning. First thoughts were either leucistic Black headed Gull or a hybrid BH Gull x Med Gull.

Thought the bill was much more Black headed Gull than Med Gull.

 

Eds: its a 'Leucistic' Black-headed Gull

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 27th June 2016

Heathland ~ Marsh and River

Bovey Heath Nature Reserve, was alive with Stonechat this morning, numerous pairs with attendant fledglings, good numbers of Swallows including a pair feeding four young that were perched in the canopy of a dead tree. Green Woodpecker calling, Goldfinch (3) Skylark (3) a very pale almost white Buzzard, three Whitethroat sulking in the cover and never showing very well unless in flight.

A Tree Pipit showing really well and a second bird calling close by but not showing. Two very vibrant male Yellow Hammers.

Bowling Green Marsh very busy with a good number of birders present, highlights being two Common Gull, three Wigeon, several Godwits, Whimbrell, and a large number of Black Head gull, ten Oyster catchers flew in just before we left the hide. Mallard, Shellduck, Moorhen, Curlew, Little Egret and Starling all present.

Chiffchaff calling well at the entrance to the cycle path.

River Teign near Teigngrace to visit the Sand Martin colony, Chiffchaff singing well on arrival, Song Thrush gathering food, Goldfinch and more Sand Martin than could be realistically counted, youngsters on the wing and returning to the nest holes to be fed, constant movement of  birds with over 60 around the nest site area.

One nice sized Sea Trout seen and several Grey Mullet.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

Birding on the marsh today was very slow to start with but a large group of waders followed by some more gulls dropped onto the marsh at 1245hrs (20 minutes after high-tide) including 145-Curlew, 9-Whimbrel, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, c 30-Black-tailed Godwits, 95-Redshank flew from far left gulley onto the far side and the Spotted Redshank showed well in the bay area, 10-Oystercatchers. Chris Marcol found another 3 med gulls which also dropped in late whilst I was counting the waders on far side with 4-Mediterranean Gulls ( 3 2nd summer + fs), Common Gull, c500-Black-headed Gulls (down on numbers), 2-Sandwich Terns, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

Spotted Redshank 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
Spotted Redshank                     2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gulls

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Ilfracombe

RED KITE circled then drifted SW over Ilfracombe 1410 today

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Brixham to Teignmouth by boat.

Yesterday, lots of Guillemots and Gannets, four Razorbills, two Kittiwakes, six Fulmars. Fifteen + Manx Shearwaters and two Harbour Porpoises. Big surprise was a Black-throated Diver (non breeding plumage) half a mile off Bundle Head near Shaldon.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 12:14 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Sunday 26th June 2016

R.Plym at Longbridge

Passing by the old tramway bridge on the Plym I heard a very agitated Kingfisher, looking over the wall to see it being chased down river by a Magpie. What was going on there is anyone's guess.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late morning high-tide.

Wader numbers continue to increase with Spotted Redshank amongst 100+ Redshank, 10+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 40+ Black-tailed Godwits, 10+ Whimbrel, 135+ Curlew, 8 Lapwing (4 juvs), 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Mediterranean Gulls (adult being new-in thin black pencil line along the outer edge of primaries  + 4 fs), 8 Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, c1000 Black-headed Gulls (3 juvs).

Spot Red: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ybUVCjR-0w

The Common Tern from last Friday had a metal leg ring but was unable to read it.

Some 4K video footage of approx 10 Med Gulls in the bay area from Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FJgam1jm7M

Green Sand & Common Tern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXv2MO4eMUU

Sandwich Tern Spotted Redshank
Sandwich Terns                                 Spotted Redshank

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:32 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Torbay

An adult Firecrest was watched feeding a minimum of 5 dependent fledglings this represents the first breeding in Torbay. Keep your eyes peeled in other Devon woodlands, the active fledglings make finding Firecrests much easier... 

Firecrest fledgling Goldcrest fledgling

Fledgling Firecrest   -  pale supercilium                                   Fledgling Goldcrest  -  lacks supecilium

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir Exmoor

A walk around the reservoir gave Blue, Long Tailed, Coal and Great Tit, Chaffinch, a pair of Siskin, Goldfinch, Swift, Swallow, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, lots of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiff Chaff, Goldcrest, Wren, c100 Canada Geese, Buzzards, 1st and 2nd year Herring Gulls with a few adults, Raven, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallards, Treecreeper and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Saturday 25th June 2016

Postbridge

Female Marsh Harrier headed north up valley from Postbridge/ Hartland Tor whilst carrying out surveys yesterday.

Posted June 25th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:40 till 11:00 

933+ black headed gulls, 6+ Mediterranean gulls ( 2 adults, 4 1st summers) , 1 1st summer common gull, 79+ redshanks, 8 whimbrel, 113+ curlew, 2 sandwich terns , 40+ black tailed godwits, 9  bar tailed godwits, the adult summer  plumage spotted redshank still showing well.

Posted June 25th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 24th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide .

After being on my own for an hour soon became packed out in the hide with  Green Sandpiper (first for a long while in left water channel), Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, c25-Black-tailed Godwits, 12-Whimbrel, 83-Curlew, Lapwing,, 14-Mediterranean Gulls (6 adults + 2 2nd Summer + 6 fs), Common Tern, 10-Sandwich Terns, c1000-Black-headed Gulls, 2-Great Black-backed Gulls, Common Gull and usual good numbers of ducks and Reed Warblers on show.

Left of the viewing platform on the dropping tide 7-Sandwich Terns on the mud with at least another 10 flying around.

Green SandpiperCommon Tern

Mediterranean Gulls (adults + 2nd sum and fs)

Posted June 24th, 2016 at 2:31 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Rillage Point

06.25–08.00 Almost still; sea smooth. 1,663 Manx Shearwaters all flying W, relatively close inshore in flocks of up to 100 strong. My assumption is that these are birds that have been feeding further up the Bristol Channel and flying back out to sea. Also my first returning adult Mediterranean Gull of the season, an adult in breeding plumage flying W. One singing Lesser Whitethroat.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Mortehoe n.devon

Lesser Whitethroat singing behind and near the church at 11:00 and 15:00 for approx 30 mins on both occasions

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Cranbrook (Nr Exeter).

Took a walk around the fields east of the Education Campus of this new town, first visiting the 'lake' (west of the campus) where I disturbed a Grey Heron, a couple of Mallard and a fox. I assume that the fields have been abandoned for farming and set aside for future housing.  This has created overgrown hedgerows and fields full of weeds and ideal for wildlife.  Distant bird song caught my attention and having found several Common Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat eventually showed itself. Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinch and young Wrens also present among others. 

May I draw attention to the flier on 'Society News' giving information about the BioBlitz at Stantyway Farm , Nr Otterton, (East Devon) this Saturday.  Why not come along, explore the farm life and support us. Look out for the Devon Birds stall and find out about the DB / RSPB bird survey undertaken here.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, c20-Black-tailed Godwits, 11-Whimbrel, c70-Curlew, 3-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 2 fs),  Common Tern, 8-Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, c900-Black-headed Gulls and the usual number of ducks.

adult Mediterranean Gulladult Mediterranean Gull
adult Mediterranean Gull

2 Sandwich Tern
2 Sandwich Tern

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 2:30 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, 24-Black-tailed Godwits, 10-Whimbrel, 72-Curlew, 17-Oystercatchers, 7-Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads + 2nd sum + 4 fs), Common Gull, c1300-Black-headed Gulls, Sandwich Tern, Buzzard, 7-Swifts, 10-Swallows, c25-House Martins, 10-Sand Martins and usual numbers of ducks. From the viewing platform heard lots of Sandwich Terns calling from the goatwalk area heading further up river.

adult Mediterranean GullOystercatcher

 

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 10:58 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bee-eaters

3 European Bee-eaters on telephone wires at Derriton, Holsworthy this evening.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was from the viewing platform again this lunchtime at around 1.30.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

The juvenile Mute Swans are growing fast but I do hope it is not due to all the white bread being fed to the ducks as this is no good for them.It also attracts rats & damages water quality.



Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank (breeding plumage possibly returning bird), 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, c20-Black-tailed Godwits, Little-ringed Plover (this is a non breeding site), 57-Curlew, 10-Whimbrel, 16-Sandwich Terns (highest count yet), 3-Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults + 2nd summer), c900-Black-headed Gulls, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2-Oystercatchers, 2-Buzzards, 5-Wigeon, 11-Teal, c24-Shelduck, 6-Shoveler, Stock Dove and c20-House Martins.

Spotted Redshank3 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd sum left + adult in water and to right facing)

Little Ringed Plover

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 10:07 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Otter at Tipton

On walk north from Tipton good sight of female Goosander and 7 fledglings. Two Dippers flew by plus small number of Sand Martin along with House Martins and Swallows. 

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 7:07 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Bee eaters

2 European Bee eater at 18.50, Meldon Common, Chagford SX692863 perched briefly then south calling. Reported to birdguides.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

My usual lunchtime visit to Bowling Green coincided with the low tide so it was no surprise there was not much activity.  In the hide met Ian Pearson who found a distant mystery wader off the viewing platform, so we both went back to investigate.  By this time it had moved a little closer and was easily identified as a summer plumage Spotted Redshank loosely attached to a flock of 47 Redshank.  I don't ever remember seeing one this late in the year and the last ones I saw there were in mid April.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Codden Hill

Descending Codden Hill late this afternoon in my van watched 20+ House Martins seeing off a female Sparrowhawk which was having to hedgehop due to the onslaught.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Sherpa Marshes

A report of a Cuckoo heard calling from this area this morning.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 11:55 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 20th June 2016

Braunton. N.Devon

This morning my weather station recorded 39mm of rain over a 24 period.

Posted June 20th, 2016 at 10:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

5-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 4 fs), Common Gull, c1000 Black-headed Gulls, Great Black-backed Gull, 50-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, 20-Black-tailed Godwits, 51-Curlew, 10-Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, 5-Wigeon, 7-Teal, 4-Little Egrets, c30-Shelduck, Stock Dove, c30-House Martins, c10-Sand Martins and 5-Swallows.

Posted June 20th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Rain

I left some empty buckets outside my back door last night and was surprised how much was in them this morning....

I was even more surprised to see the scrape by the Tarka Trail adjacent to Wrafton Pond was full once more. That usually takes a few weeks in the autumn.  Roll on a few Waders!

In the reserve, there are only two of the four juv Little Grebes left from a couple of days ago. One of them is much bigger than t'other. Hope he didn't eat his siblings.

Posted June 20th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 19th June 2016

Wrafton Pond

The Coots are now feeding a second brood with one pair with 6 juv's & the other with 5. I wonder how many will survive to adulthood?

2 pairs of Little Grebes are now feeding a second brood, 2 juv's each.

Some of the first brood have survived, see photo.

    

Posted June 19th, 2016 at 10:32 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saturday 18th June 2016

Vitifer

Afternoon walk from Warren House to just above Soussons Plantation. 2 buzzards, 2 cuckoos, green woodpecker, 3+ pairs whinchats, 3 stonechats, wheatear, pair linnets, reed bunting, skylark (heard), chaffinch, wren, blackbirds (never used to be here, a factor in the demise of the ring ouzels?) & abundant willow warblers and meadow pipits. A roe deer & faun was among the willows below Soussons.

Posted June 18th, 2016 at 10:53 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

3-fs-Mediterranean Gulls, Common Gull, Great Black-back Gull, c600-Black-headed Gulls, 28-Redshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, 21-Black-tailed Godwits, 57-Curlew, 12-Whimbrel, Knot, 3-Oystercatchers and the usual numbers of ducks.

Posted June 18th, 2016 at 9:19 pm by David Boult in Bird News

South Devon Railway: Totnes, Staverton & Buckfastleigh

Totnes: Jackdaws, Mallards but little else.
Staverton: Robin, 2 Mallards with young, ( 1 duck with a freshly hatched group of 8 and one pair with almost fledged group of about 7) and a Mandarin female.
Buckfastleigh: Mandarins, Mallards and Muscovys on the Dart, Sparrows and House Martins at the Station (1 House Martin nest had young and were being fed)

Posted June 18th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Velator

Not much of note to report of late, but today the Little Grebes are now looking after their second brood - 4 little humbugs on Mum's back while the remaining juvenile from the first brood is still present and pretty much full grown now.  The three remaining juvenile Canada Geese are doing a great job with their parents cutting the grass for me!

Posted June 18th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Venford Reservoir - Dart Valley Reserve- Holne Moor.

18 DB members attended todays all day fieldtrip on the moor (organised by East Branch). Total of 39 species listed for the day with good birds seen around the water works.  These included distant Gt crested Grebes with young on the reservoir, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, a pair of Crossbill, Spotted Flycatcher, Song Thrush with young, Linnet, 1 Swift, Stonechat, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Gt spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.  A few Swallow and good numbers of House Martin in the sky.  The lower woodland areas were disappointing with very distant songs of Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher detected but neither seen in contrast to previous years. A Tree Pipit and Kestrel seen on the return walk back to the car park where lunch was taken before the remaining group walked over the moor to the woodland area NW.  A young Gt spotted Woodpecker was being fed my a parent and more Redstarts and Tree Pipits were found plus Skylark,  Buzzard,  Yellow Hammer, Mistle Thrush, Stonechat and Willow Warblers.    

Posted June 18th, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 17th June 2016

Off Budleigh beach

6 Sandwich Terns and two gannets feeding off Budleigh beach this afternoon

Posted June 17th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond ,just two mallard with two chicks ,one wigeon ,three teal and one juv grey heron.Salt Pill and around farm family parties of whitethroat,blue tits goldfinch,linnet,reed buntings and stonechats.also plenty of sedge warblers .one reed warbler ,willow warbler and one chiffchaff.

Posted June 17th, 2016 at 4:55 pm in Bird News

Nesting Spotted Flycatchers in Devon

Devon Birds/RSPB/BTO Spotted flycatcher tracking project

We need your help in locating spotted flycatcher nests in Devon to contribute to a new project.

Spotted flycatchers have seen declines of 83% since the 1960s. Reasons for this decline may include factors operating within UK breeding grounds, such as reduced availability of invertebrates, but the species may also be declining due to problems along their migratory journey to Africa and back. But we still know almost nothing about their wintering grounds, we don't even know where UK birds go or the routes they take. It is possible they go as far as South Africa like our swallows, but we don't know. We need this information if we are to begin to understand what part of the annual cycle causes problems for spotted flycatchers, and where we might need to focus future work to reverse declines. To do this we are conducting some pioneering work that will track migrations and determine wintering areas using tiny tracking devises. These geolocators weigh only 0.36g - incredible!

But to be able to do this we need to catch and tag spotted flycatchers in places where they return each year, as we need to recapture tagged birds the year after to retrieve the tag and its data. The best places to do this are peoples gardens. So if you have nesting spotted flycatchers in your garden or farm, and are happy to have your spotted flycatchers captured and tagged for this project, please could you email emma.inzani@rspb.org.uk or give me a call on 07876737372.

Emma Inzani, RSPB Research Assistant

Posted June 17th, 2016 at 3:09 pm in Bird News

Cann Wood - Nightjars Thursday 16th

The weather held off for around 27 members and friends of Plymouth Branch for a very successful Nightjar Walk at Cann Woods, Plympton.  A bit of a breeze and cloud cover over the moon seemed to hold back the bird's activity and it was not until 9:45 when the first feint churring was heard.  The action hotted up after that with good views of several birds in flight were had by all, including two males chasing a female. Those in the group who had never seen Nightjars before were taken by the odd variety of churring, flight calls, gurgling and wing claps. A fly past Tawny Owl and Pipistrelle Bats added extra interest and at the very end a glow worm lit our way back to the car park.

Posted June 17th, 2016 at 12:07 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 16th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late afternoon high-tide.

5-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 4 fs), 3-Sandwich Terns, Lesser Black-back Gull, Common Gull, c500-Black-headed Gulls, 14-Redshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, c30-Black-tailed Godwits, 24-Curlew, 11-Whimbrel, 5-Gadwall, 4-Shoveller, 7-Teal, 5-Wigeon, c25-Shelduck, c20-House Martins and 2-Buzzard.

adult Mediterranean Gull  Sandwich Tern
adult Mediterranean Gull                                                                    Sandwich Tern

Posted June 16th, 2016 at 9:27 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wednesday 15th June 2016

South Brent

A very unseasonably wet and overcast day at South Brent with torrential rain at times throughout the day which resulted in a home days birding.

Buzzard, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift and a calling Green Woodpecker all recorded.

The wet weather brought a good number of birds onto the feeders and some evidence of breeding success for the following species locally, adult male Pied Wagtail with one dependant youngster. Several young Robins with one bird beginning to colour up, young Blackbirds with adults seen collecting worms on the grass.

Magpie pair with two offspring, a very young Rook with several adults, a pair of Great Tits feeding two begging young, a small number of Greenfinch with one young bird that was feeding itself and three male Siskins with independent young joining them at the feeders.

Dependant male and female Chaffinch being fed by a male, a very noisy brood of Wrens that have been showing for several days now. The days highlight was initially hearing and then seeing a brood of at least two Goldcrest with an adult bird feeding in an Oak canopy.

Posted June 15th, 2016 at 6:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Taw Estuary + Wrafton Pond

11 Juveniles with these 2 adult Shelduck on the Taw Estuary.

Rain drops keep falling on my head - 6 Juv's  with a pair of Coots on Wrafton Pond.



Posted June 15th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. 1 second year Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern in with the Black-headed Gull flock.

Posted June 15th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Teignbridge

The top end of Stover Country park this morning gave at least singing Chiffchaff.

The Newton Abbot area provided views of  two Herons, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, two broods of young Mallard ducklings, Wren and Swift, Swallow, House Martin and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

The DWT reserve at Chudleigh Knighton heath and Chudleigh Knighton Meadows gave views of Swift, Swallow, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Greenfinch and Chiffchaff singing.

Ashburton ~ Buzzard overhead carrying what appeared to be a rabbit kit and a Kestrel hovering by the A38.

An evening visit to the Bovey Tracy area gave three Nightjars calling with one bird being seen briefly in flight.

Back at home a brood of Wren chicks, the first House Sparrow fledgling of the season on the feeders, further broods of Robin and Blackbird, Jay on the feeders, nice to see a Song Thrush back in the garden and a fly past from a hen Sparrow Hawk.

Posted June 14th, 2016 at 11:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 13th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the early afternoon high-tide.

From the hide 2-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + fs) different birds from before, 7-Sandwich Terns, c350-Black-headed Gulls, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, 43-Black-tailed Godwits, 10-Whimbrel, c30-Shellduck, 6-Wigeon, 7-Teal, 3-Little Egrets, 3-Grey Herons, c50-House Martins, c20-Swallows, Buzzard and a Goshawk picked up by Gary which showed really before disappearing low behind the trees right of the hide but unable to locate again from the road outside and probably headed towards riversmeet house direction.

The 3 Fox cubs were out playing with the vixen alongside the railway embankment during the heavy rain period.

From the viewing platform fs Common Gull , c8-Whimbrel, c20-Curlew, 12-Little Egrets and 3-Great-crested Grebes.

Mediterranean Gulls (adult & first summer together)
Mediterranean Gulls (adult & first summer together)

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Grey Heron stood on a stone in left water channel
Grey Heron stood on a stone in left water channel

Posted June 13th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Devon Birds/RSPB/BTO Spotted flycatcher tracking project

We need your help in locating spotted flycatcher nests in Devon to contribute to a new project.

Spotted flycatchers have seen declines of 83% since the 1960s. Reasons for this decline may include factors operating within UK breeding grounds, such as reduced availability of invertebrates, but the species may also be declining due to problems along their migratory journey to Africa and back. But we still know almost nothing about their wintering grounds, we don't even know where UK birds go or the routes they take. It is possible they go as far as South Africa like our swallows, but we don't know. We need this information if we are to begin to understand what part of the annual cycle causes problems for spotted flycatchers, and where we might need to focus future work to reverse declines. To do this we are conducting some pioneering work that will track migrations and determine wintering areas using tiny tracking devises. These geolocators weigh only 0.36g - incredible!

But to be able to do this we need to catch and tag spotted flycatchers in places where they return each year, as we need to recapture tagged birds the year after to retrieve the tag and its data. The best places to do this are peoples gardens. So if you have nesting spotted flycatchers in your garden or farm, and are happy to have your spotted flycatchers captured and tagged for this project, please could you email emma.inzani@rspb.org.uk or give me a call on 07876737372.

Emma Inzani, RSPB Research Assistant

Posted June 13th, 2016 at 9:05 am by Malcolm Burgess in Bird News

Sunday 12th June 2016

Chapel Wood round up

A few more walks around the wood and area with the dog. Very close views (10m) of a group of 6 red deer hinds from the car into the woods off of the lane,probably with young hidden. They seem less skittish than years ago - perhaps because they are not being hunted so much? More on the hillside. A single Roe Deer in Chapel Wood which is a first for me in the Wood itself. Green WP, GSWP, Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Siskin and Bullfinch, Blue, Great Coal and Long Tailed Tit, Spotted Fly, Redstarts and tonight a lovely Tawny Owl fledgling sitting on a low bough with its back to me at first - looking for all the world like a fluffy cactus with feathers poking out of the bottom until it turned a gave me that dark stare that owls give. Moved off quickly so parents could feed it. Squirrels, more fox and badger evidence. All the corvids, Song Thrush, Chiff Chaff, Willow W, Blackcaps, Goldcrest, Wrens, Robins, Black birds, Buzzards, Hares, Rabbits, Woodies and Collared Doves, Pheasants, lots of fledglings appearing and learning the ropes. My favourite time of year in woodlands.

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 10:29 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Roborough Down 10-06-16

Is this a Chiffchaff????

Eds: Despite the dark looking legs dull plumage and weak supercilium this looks to be a Willow Warbler based on the primary tips extension and tail length combined with the overall colouring. In the field you could have looked to see if the bird was dipping its tail regularly - if  not then willow warbler could have been confirmed as the birds id.

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Morte Point

This afternoon about 10 Puffins flew west, closely followed by 8 Razorbills then 5 more Puffins. 18 Gannets were circling round over a pod of 8 Porpoise.  

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Saturday 11th June 2016

Holdstone down exmoor

A humid walk today produced stonechat young and old in several places,meadow pipits, skylarks, which disappeared into the sea fog that enveloped the coastline. a buzzard, a couple of rooks and best bird of the day for me was a very colourful linnet.

Posted June 11th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Friday 10th June 2016

Hisley Woods (Rudge Wood), Bovey Valley.

In spite of the light rain, which turned heavier towards noon, 9 DB members enjoyed the morning taking a circular walk from Drakeford Bridge to Hisley Woods before returning via Pullbrook Wood.  Birds found included 3 pairs of Pied Flycatcher, c3 pairs of Tree creeper, a pair of Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, a Marsh Tit with food, c4 singing Wood Warbler and Siskins to name a few species.  After lunch in the hide at Yarner we moved up the hill towards Trendlebere Down where a Tree Pipit and a pair of Yellow Hammer were added to the list. 

Posted June 10th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Hoopoe sighting

While on her driving lesson yesterday my daughter saw a hoopoe just outside Launceston on the B3362 heading out of Launceston towards Tavistock. She had no idea what what it was but having looked on internet is absolutely certain it was a Hoopoe. Are they rare, has anyone else seen one around there? 

Posted June 10th, 2016 at 9:16 am by Julia Chatting in Bird News

Thursday 9th June 2016

Skywatching on Dartmoor - 9 June 2016

Just got back from ten hours in the field skywatching at various watchpoints on central and western Dartmoor.

Weather was poor first thing with thick low cloud and very limited visibility. Brightened up later with hazy sunshine, high cloud and a light Southerly breeze, Force 2 - 3 - so ideal for soaring . Temperature dropped again late afternoon and low cloud spreading in from South East, with accompanying poor visibility.

Saw 3-4 Hobbies, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 37+ Common Buzzard, 3 Raven but, unfortunately, no Lammergeier.

Other species seen included: 3 Cuckoo, 6 displaying Common Snipe, 3+ pairs of Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 4 Common Swift and Skylarks everywhere.

NPW

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Nick P. Williams in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

fs Little Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, c350 Black-headed Gulls, Common Gull, 7-Whimbrel, c20-Curlew, 11-Bar-tailed Godwits, c40-Black-tailed Godwits, 3-Redshank, Lapwing, Gadwall, 7-Teal, 3-Wigeon, 3-Little Egrets, c40-Shelduck, c30-House Martins and c20-Swallows.

Little & Med Gulls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuzSlO15KJE

fs Little Gull
fs Little Gull

Little Gull flying out to the estuary at 10:53hrs
Little Gull flying out to the estuary at 10:53hrs

adult Mediterranean Gull (centre)
adult Mediterranean Gull (centre)

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Harvey Kendall's observation re bird box occupation. We have 25 boxes in Brookings Down Wood and only 6 appear to be occupied. In 2015 15 were used.

Totnes there were no hirundine observed over the town on the 8th.

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 8:18 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Cuckoo

Delighted to be hearing a cuckoo in Braunton this morning (6.30-7ish). First we've heard this year)

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 7:03 am by Zena Lymer in Bird News

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide into the glaring sun.

9-Sandwich Terns, 4-Mediterranean Gulls (4 fs + 2nd summer), 1-Common Gull, 1-Lesser Black-backed Gull, c350 Black-headed Gulls, 10-Bar-tailed Godwits, c40-Black-tailed Godwits, 2-Redshank, 15-Curlew, 1-Whimbrel, 2-Oystercatchers, 1-Stock Dove, 6-Tufted Ducks (5m + 1f), 2-Shoveler, 3-Wigeon, 2-Teal, 1-Reed Bunting and 8-Reed Warblers.

From the viewing platform 3-Great-crested Grebes, 2-Sandwich Terns, c80 Oystercatchers and Sparrowhawk over.

3-Sandwich Terns
3-Sandwich Terns

3-Sandwich Terns (top)
3-Sandwich Terns (top)

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by David Boult in Bird News

I agree with Steve.

Referring to Steve Hopper's recent recent report - I quite agree.   There seems to be a worrying lack of birds generally and an especial dearth of hirundines.

Of my 22 bird boxes in a private wood near my home, only nine are in use this season.

Harvey Kendall

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Paignton

Red legged partridge running across Brixham road , from the old Nortel  site to the houses opposite . Narrowly missed by a few cars! 

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 6:46 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Tuesday 7th June 2016

nightjars

2 seen tonight in n.devon.Lllovelyto see and hear the churring,calling and clapping.After a fab 3 wks in ontario canada it was nice to get some local birds.

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 10:55 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon dam ~ South Brent

Despite seeing a good range of species the numbers of each type seems far lower than this time in previous years.

On the lower stretch Grey Wagtails including young were showing well, sizeable flock of mainly young Coal Tits, Song & Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, three Yellow Hammers, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, hard work to locate any Stonechat but three males did eventually appear. Small number of singing male Blackcap.

Many of the birds seen were actively gathering food.

The days highlight was a Garden Warbler gathering grubs and bugs near Gingerford Cross.

Kestrel seen on the outskirts of South Brent near Yonder Cross and a second seen near Ashburton in the evening..

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 10:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tamar Lakes - Tues.

Very warn, quiet and sunny this morning,

23 juvenile Mallards and 5 adults, 1 Grey Wagtail on the Lower Lake and another on the Upper Lake. .2 Chiffchaffs singing and 1 Willow Warbler, at least 4 Blackcaps, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 ad. Nuthatch actively feeding a juv. and several young Carrion Crows.

A lovely Hare at nearby Thurdon.

Harvey Kendall

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Dartmoor, Bennetts Cross to Soussons, Monday 6th

Afternoon walk yesterday afternoon. 4+ cuckoos (seen & M+F heard), kestrel, whinchat, 2 stonechat, 2 reed buntings (Soussons), 2 green woodpeckers (Soussons) ,skylark (near Bennetts Cross), plus chaffinches, blackbirds, wren, chiffchaff (heard) blackcap (heard) & abundant willow warblers & meadow pipits.

Also a snipe, bizarrely briefly drumming at about 4pm.

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 9:38 am by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Monday 6th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post the Slavonian Grebe was seen again from the viewing platform near Exton on the high-tide same as last night and c10 Swifts above the hide on leaving.

Ridgway's Cackling Goose
Ridgway's Cackling Goose

Ridgway's Cackling Goose  (left) with Canada Geese
Ridgway's Cackling Goose (left) with Canada Geese

Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings
Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 11:01 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:00 till 20:45

The cackling goose was back on the marsh hanging around with the local mallards , 6+ Mediterranean gulls ( 5 1st summers and 1 2nd summer  included a new ringed bird details sent this is the 3rd ringed bird so far this year believe this one is from France) among 350+ black headed gulls , 2 dunlin, 1 knot , 15 bar tailed godwits, 1 recdshank, 2 oystercatchers , 40+ black tailed godwits, 2 tufted duck, 3 wigeon, 2 teal, 2 shoveler, 1 common gull.

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton Swifts and Martins

5 screaming Swifts flying low in Stoneborough Lane this afternoon, large group of House Martins flying around Pebbles B&B this evening

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Stoke Car Park Revelstoke

Sighted at entrance to Stoke car park, Woodchat Shrike (m) SX 555 465, also on walk along Revelstoke drive & along approach road, Yellowhammers (6m), Whitethroats (10), Stonechats (many), Linnets (many), Fulmars (4), Gannets (2), R.L. Partridges (3)

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Venford Res

Red kite and peregrine both flyovers late morning.

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 1:47 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Sunday 5th June 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 20:20

7+ Mediterranean gulls (6 1st summers, 1 2nd summer) among 335+ black headed gulls, 1 1st summer  common gull, 6 sandwich terns , 15 bar tailed godwits, 10+ whimbrel, 1 knot, 2 dunlin, 40+ black tailed godwits, 22+ curlew,( new coloured ringed bird will send of details) 2 oystercatchers, lots of reed warblers, 2 little egrets, 50+ shelduck, 2 teal, 2 shoveler, 2 wigeon.

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Avon Dam Saturday 4th June

Very early walk up to the Avon Dam. At least 8 Grey Wagtails inc 5 having a mass falling out on the river near the carpark, single Cuckoo seen + another calling, 2 redpolls, Goldcrest, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Raven and 2 Whinchat. Surprisingly not a single Stonechat around.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Whinchat
Whinchat

Redpoll
Redpoll

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 10:37 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Lundy

A Greenish Warbler and a Common Rosefinch were present today, along with a Crossbill. Further details here, as available.

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Northam Burrows

A very pleasant afternoon on Northam Burrows. A large flock of starlings, 3 Wimbrel, wheatear, meadow pipits , syklarks, and a yellow wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Wheatear
Wheatear

Linnet
Linnet

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Saturday 4th June 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:00 till 19:40

8+ 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls this evening ( 2 ringed birds details have been sent of 1 appears to have been ringed in Germany the other Ireland will post details when I get them) 250+ black headed gulls  mostly 1st summers , 1 1st summer common gull, 11 whimbrel, 1 knot, 18 oystercatchers , 12+ curlew, 40+ black tailed godwits, 11 bar tailed godwits, 2 shoveler, 2 wigeon, 2 teal , 60+ shelduck, 1 sparrowhawk , 20+ reed warblers, 3 little egrets.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 10:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Estover, Plymouth, 4.6.16

1 Honey Buzzard, drifting SW (mobbed by a Herring Gull), over Wrigley's, Estover, Plymouth, just west of Plym, c.14:30.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Eddystone

12 (5+3+1+1+1+1 ) puffins, 3 manx shearwaters.during kayak trip from Plymouth to Eddystone (and back)

Also 12 Common dolphin

2 pods of harbour porpoise

Ocean sunfish

regards

Rupert



Posted June 4th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Short-eared Owl on fence-post close to cycle path at 16.40 today. Gave great prolonged view (as usual, no camera to hand) before flying towards Swan's Nest side of marsh and disappearing into group of small trees.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Gary Reeves in Bird News

Headland Warren

Late morning walk from Bennett's Cross to the edge of Soussons and back produced four Cuckoos, three Tree Pipits, 15+ Willow Warblers, eight Whinchats, six Stonechats, two Wheatears, four Lesser Redpolls and singles of Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting and Spotted Flycatcher. No vultures.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

26 May

Just received a report of an adult male Little Bittern at Ipplepen last week.

Little Bittern, Ipplepen 2.30pm 26 May 2016Little Bittern, Ipplepen 26 May 2016

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 10:12 am in Bird News

Friday 3rd June 2016

Around Warren House Inn. Dartmoor.

5 Stonechats from Bennets Cross to Water Hill. Cuckoo heard in the valley north of here. Another Cuckoo heard towards Runnage Farm. Missed the Lammergier as was walking in the opposite direction. It must have been right behind me. Did see a Buzzard though mocked by Corvids.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 11:45 pm by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

Stover ~ Nightjars

Late evening visit to Stover gave Robins, Jay, Blackbirds, Great Tit feeding a brood of very loudly calling fledglings, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon, Swifts, seven Chiffchaff, calling until very late in the evening, Nuthatch pair with a brood of fledged chicks, Great Crested Grebe, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, male Sparrow Hawk and Nightjar.

At one point three birds churring away, the first bird started calling at 21.30hrs, seven sightings in total, twice two birds tail chasing and clapping wings.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 11:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Odd Woodpecker behaviour?

Over the last three evenings walking at Chapel Wood I have seen a Green Woodpecker very close to a Great Spotted nest hole. This evening I watched the male GSWP arrive and feed the young, then within 5mins the same (I assume) male Green arrived and approached the nest. This time he perched at the entrance and I thought he may be up to no good, but then leaned in several times appearing to feed the young? To confound me further a Blue Tit then perched on the hole and seemed to also feed the young? Also Redstarts, Spotted Fly, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and all the regulars.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Dartmoor today

We did a three destination trip today starting at Postbridge and ending at Yarner Woods. Weather excellent (for a change). Sightings were:

Postbridge: 4 Jackdaws; 2 Song Thrush; 1 Swallow; 1 Wren; 1 Buzzard being harassed by Corvids and a M & F Redstart.

Belliver Forest: House Sparrow, Swallow, Long-tailed tits, Buzzard with snake; Juv. Robin; Poss. Whitethroat; 2 pairs of Redstarts.

Yarner Woods: m Bullfinch; Chaffinches; Coal Tits, Blue tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches,Pied Flycatchers; Siskins; G S Woodpecker and about four Mandarin Duck (m).

Enjoyable day.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Lammergeier

We regularly visit the Warren House area of Dartmoor but today we saw the famous juvenile Lammergeier for the first time. It was first seen landing on a tall pine tree in a gorge on the Warren House side of the Vitifer valley near the ruins at the foot of the path down from Kings Oven car park at about 12.30pm. Eventually it gave up peering into the gorge and took off quickly gaining height until it was out of site of powerful binoculars - it must have reached a significant height drifting over Birch Tor. Some great views!

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in Bird News

Little Haldon Heath

Thursday 02.06.16 - 20.45-22.15

3 male and 1 female Nightjar.  Only brief periods of churring.  Birds only seen on the wing twice with a male and female together. 

Also present: 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Stonechats, Willow Warbler, 3 Yellowhammers, 20+ Linnets, vocal Song Thrush and a Roe Deer. 

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 10:25 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

First sighting of male garganey at main pond Home Farm Marsh

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 8:49 am in Bird News

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Dartmoor

Holne 23 Swifts feeding over a field of cattle with a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

Venford ~ two Cuckoos calling, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits 6, Pied wagtail 2, House Martins, Swifts, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff  3, Kestrel, Buzzard, male Bullfinch, Greenfinch 5,  Linnets, lots of Chaffinch and Blackbirds.

Warren House Inn ~ Two Cuckoos calling, Skylarks, meadow Pipits, Wheatears displaying on the wind, Pied Wagtails, Reed Buntings with a male carrying nesting material, Buzzard and good numbers of rabbits kits popping up almost everywhere.

Headland Warren down to Challacombe ~  Wheatears,  Meadow Pipit (4),  Sky Larks, Stonechat, House Martins, Swallows and Pied Wagtails.

Back home at South Brent a low, high speed pass from a Hobby just on 5pm.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 9:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dartington- Honey Buzzard

Morning checking nestboxes in woodlands above Queens Marsh. Numerous Blue tits and Great tits readying to fledge, as well as remaining Nuthatch chicks after difficult spring. Surprise ensued after Honey Buzzard was seen drifting low across above the Volunteer Hub. Wasn't hanging about and headed off with the wind.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Jordan Harris in Bird News

Red Kite Teigngrace

At 18:30 on the 2nd June 2016 I saw a Red Kite flying in a South Easterly direction over our property at Teigngrace (from Stover School toward Kingsteignton) just over treetop height. My wife and I had seen similar sightings in previous days at this location but couldn't believe then our luck. However today I am very confident of my identification.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Terry Hall in Bird News

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Bowling Green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:15

From the hide 4 1st summer Mediterranean gulls among 180+ black headed gulls , 6+ whimbrel, 2+ bar tailed godwits , 40+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 3 lapwing , 1 hobby, 10+ little egrets, 1 grey heron, 12+ reed warblers, 1 common gull,, 60+ shelduck, 2 wigeon.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw Estuary

Cycled along the Tarka trail from Braunton to Barnstaple this morning at low tide & counted 74 Shelduck between Chivenor & Barnstaple

So far, only 2 pairs with young, one with 4 juv's & the other with 6. This does beg the question why such a low number of the estuary total have successful breeding attempts?

Also 2 Curlew, 9 BH Gull, 3 Grey Heron & 2 Little Egret present.

Photo taken June 2015 - Taw Estuary.


Posted June 1st, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dipper at Trewsweir Exeter

Single juvenile Dipper at Trewsweir 0545 today. Feeding amongst debris on extreme right of weir face, viewed from downstream. Also present and feeding were two Grey Wagtails.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 9:09 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

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