Devon Bird Sightings from June 2019

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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

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Saturday 29th June 2019

Exe Estuary

Went walking along to the Turf Lock this afternoon in a half-hearted attempt to refind the Caspian Tern but no joy. 5 Whimbrel flew down the estuary towards Exmouth, Curlew, Oystercatcher and a few Redshank were also present. A pair of Mute Swan had 1 cygnet and 5 Shelduck were seen with 12 young out on the water. Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were in the scrubland.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 9:11 pm by C L North in General Birding

Hillhead, Brixham

170+ Swifts feeding over arable field on way to Hillhead from Churston this morning.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

No sign of Caspian Tern off the Imperial/Mudbank early this morning but 3 Common Tern and a first-summer Little Gull present.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 7:14 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 28th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Godwit (sum-plum), 21 Curlews, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-s), 7 Mandarin Ducks, 7 Marbled Whites, 3 Small & 1 Large Skippers, 2 Ringlets, 2 Painted Ladies & Small Heath.

Posted June 28th, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Thursday 27th June 2019

Torquay harbour

At least 5 barrel jellyfish in the harbour this afternoon, also 1 blue jellyfish in the inner harbour. Small shoal of grey mullet in inner harbour.

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Barrel jellyfish                       Blue jellyfish                             Blue jellyfish

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sightings only

At least six Swifts flying around over my home in Roundswell (East) behind Sainsburys in Barnstaple.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:29 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red Kite

A single Red Kite drifted over the A38 at Splatford Split tonight at 17:50, the local Buzzard just ignored it.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 6:49 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

River Clyst - Caspian Tern

The Caspian Tern relocated by KR late pm and showing very well roosting on mud in front of the viewing platform at BGM

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 5:22 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exmouth

A Caspian Tern on Cockle Sands, from Mudbank, at 1405 for about five minutes. Seen briefly again feeding further upriver towards Lympstone a few minutes later but no sign since. Also 2+ Mediterranean Gull, c30+ Sandwich Tern and 2 Redshank.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 4:01 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite - Exe Estuary - Topsham

Single Red Kite travelling up the Exe Estuary at around 7:50 this morning. Headed in land towards Exminster.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:15 am by F Carter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Dartmoor

A pair of Whinchats and a Lesser Redpoll at Tavy Cleave before the weather deteriorated. At Grenofen, juv Dipper, Grey Wagtail & High Brown Fritillary & at Magpie Bridge, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Siskins & Humming-bird Hawk-moth.  

Dipper (juv)
Dipper (juv)

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

1530 - 1620. Humming-bird Hawk-moth this afternoon. 2 Painted Lady and 2 Red Admiral the only butterflies. 5 mating pairs Azure Damselfly also present.


Posted June 26th, 2019 at 5:46 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Chiffchaff window casualty, Chudleigh

Chiffchaff juv window stunned

Found a juvenile Chiffchaff stunned next to a bedroom window this morning. It flew off safely to bushes after a few minutes. Also first Grey Squirrel for at least a decade, which was mobbed by 20 House Sparrows - the most seen together here for several years!

 

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 11:04 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

elberry cove

flock of house martins swooping over the fields behind elberry -  late morning yesterday. (1st time I have seen these birds this year).

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Curlews on the increase (11), juv Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 1st-s Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Stock Doves, 30 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Shags, 4 Marbled Whites and 7 Painted Ladies.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 9:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

25-06-19 Painted Lady

Painted Lady butterflies around Lipson, Plymouth

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Ford Park Cemetery/Roborough Down

Yesterday at Ford Park Cemetery not so many Marbled Whites as a few days ago but a large increase in Painted Lady's (upwards of 20)

Roborough Down today lack of recent Green Hairstreaks and PBF/SPBF but a large increase in Painted Ladys (upwards of 30). Forget birds, there weren't any worth mentioning

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Butterflies

100+ Painted lady’s at Wembury Point .25 June.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 4:17 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Other Wildlife

Autumn in North Devon

Must have arrived: 2 Green Sandpipers on the field in Sherpa Marsh this morning - flew off over towards the Great field. 3 Little egret, 22 Swans 7 cygnets.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

25-06-19 Grey Wagtail & Chick

On the River Plym, at least 4 Grey Wagtails feeding their chics

Grey Wagtail & chick
Grey Wagtail & chick

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 2:42 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Monday 24th June 2019

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls this evening with 31 Black-headed Gulls on the sea off Elberry Headland this evening also 4 Common Scoter.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 9:45 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

Red Kite drifted high northwards over Cedar Close at 1612hrs circling as it went.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Cuckoo

Heard cuckoo this morning at around 05.00 a.m. east of Blackdown Rings (nr. Loddiswell) around SX 725 524 

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 2:18 pm by nic butler in General Birding

Powlers Piece

With the normal site for the Taw/Torridge group Nightjar walk closed for forestry work, the group met close to Powlers Piece on the Bideford/Bradworthy road.  After an overcast but mainly dry day, the evening cleared with virtually no wind. At around 10.00 the first churning was heard, and a couple of brief but close sightings. Nothing then until almost dark, when there was considerable activity, and one Nightjar landed on the path we were on. Estimate there were 2/3 pairs present.

Also seen Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Roe Deer, with Chiffchaff, Blackcap heard.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 9:23 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Broadsands

14 Mediterranean Gulls this evening on the sea and then dropping into the beach, just 1 Black-headed Gull accompanying the group!

Posted June 23rd, 2019 at 10:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster & Topsham

No sign of the Rose-coloured Starling up until 11:00 this morning.

Seven Mediterranean Gulls (three 2nd-summers & four 1st-summers) on Goosemoor at midday along with the summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank.

Four Greenshanks, three Whimbrels and two Bar-tailed Godwits on Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted June 23rd, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Captsone Parade

The last few days a pair of Skuas sp have been attacking Gannets off Torrs to Capstone, got fairly reasonable views but no visible stand out wing bars to be seen so I'm suspecting possible Pomarines. This evening, interesting to watch every Gull, 2000+  in the town make a break for the open sea to avoid the barrage of pyrotechnics, I'm sure they all survived !

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 11:05 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Velator

It's been a poor year so far for numbers of butterflies, but if all these hatch maybe we'll have a bonus second brood of Red Admirals. There are several of these nettle-top collections in the reserve at the moment.

It's been a poor year so far for numbers of butterflies, but if all these hatch maybe we'll have a bonus second brood of Red Admirals. There are several of these nettle-top collections in the reserve at the moment.

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 10:00 pm by Jon Turner in Other Wildlife

Crow Point

Barrel Jellyfish

Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!
Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fernworthy Reservoir

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip today.  Great company, weather and scenery but the birds were a challenge for their absence!  21 species listed for the day and the highlights were 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers (including a juv.), 3 Grey Wagtail, Gt crested Grebe and 1 young, Siskin overhead, Jay and Redstart during the morning.  After lunch a walk around the road and southern path produced a Tree Pipit and a pair of Redstart with food.  A striking light phase Buzzard on a telegraph pole on the road back to Chagford.

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Friday 21st June 2019

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield

Fist  bird seen at 21.55, 'churring' three minutes later. Excellent views of up to 4 birds - flying/perched in trees - but surprisingly 'quiet'. Just gave it 20 minutes - midges were on top form!  

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 10:45 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Rose-coloured Starling video

https://youtu.be/PshTqfZYg2E

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Topsjham and Exminster

BGM from 07.50 only bird of note amongst the high weeds Spotted Redshank (no Spoonbill) left at 09.50 to try for Rose-Coloured Starling and found it at Deepway in Exminster.

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Rose-coloured Starling

 

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 11:51 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Rose Coloured Starling - Deepway Park, Exminster

Not 100% sure but please see low quality phone camera picture attached, could be like finding a needle in a haystack with all of the Starlings flying around up there though.

Eds  - no picture attached

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 9:56 am by Jordan in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 20th June 2019

Doccombe - Mardon Down

A walk from Doccombe around Mardon Down to the fringes of Fingle Woods and back produced a Sparrowhawk, two Crossbills, several Redpolls, Siskins, Garden Warblers, Stonechats and Tree Pipits, innumerable Willow Warblers (including many juveniles), Yellowhammers and Whitethroats, and, between the showers, wonderful views to East and West. The bonus bird was a Cuckoo chasing the wind Eastward. 

Posted June 20th, 2019 at 9:05 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Plymwoods

Plenty of Fallow Deer and fawns seen on the edges of Plym Woods

Fallow Deer Fawn               
Fallow Deer Fawn

Posted June 20th, 2019 at 10:49 am by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Insects at South Milton

At last a bit of sunshine that brings the insects out to play. A ruby-tailed wasp sometimes called a cuckoo wasp. It lays it's eggs inside it's hosts nest usually mason bees or other solitary bees. When the eggs hatch the larvae eat the hosts new born. The adults have a very hard cuticle so they can withstand the stings of the angry host bees if they encounter them.

A Nomad Bee sometimes called a cuckoo bee. They resemble a wasp and lay their eggs in the nests of other bees. They steal the pollen in their hosts nests. After a Nomad larva’s first moult, they are able to use their large sickle-shaped mouth parts to destroy the host’s resident egg or grub, meaning all of the stored pollen is theirs for the taking.

Ruby-Tailed waspNomad waspBlack and yellow Longhorn beetle
Ruby-Tailed wasp                                   Nomad wasp                        Black and yellow Longhorn beetle

Posted June 20th, 2019 at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon visit on the low tide. First-summer Mediterranean Gull, Shag, Curlew, Bullfinch (male + juv), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck (27), Marbled White, Bee Orchid (2) & a pair of Roe Deer.

Earlier a Humming-bird Hawk-moth feeding in the rain.

Posted June 19th, 2019 at 8:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator

The pair of Swans that built a nest in the reserve a few weeks back have returned. Not sure what for. With hardly any duck-weed on the pond it is looking clear and yet another sighting of Kingfisher today. Red Admiral, Small Skipper and Speckled Wood (first since 3 June).were the only Butterflies in a relatively short visit (in the sunshine) this afternoon. Yesterday in overcast conditions while ringing only 1 Painted Lady in 8 hours.

Posted June 19th, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Large flock of Swifts over Teignmouth

Between 10.30am and 11am today a flock of approximately 70 Swifts circled over East Teignmouth in what appeared to be a feeding frenzy, with birds from around the area meeting up to enjoy a sociable gathering in low visibility conditions.

Posted June 19th, 2019 at 2:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Thornhillhead N.Devon

The male sparrowhawk that visits regularly has had a couple of successful days. Ambushed a female sparrow yesterday after hiding in a favourite spot in a hedge. Similar tactics today resulted in a blue tit late morning. Yesterdays catch was nearly lost to a magpie while it was being plucked on a post but the sparrowhawk successfully made off down the hedge avoiding the attention of a pursuing jackdaw. This male seems quite inquisitive and spent some time earlier this morning poking about in full view just a couple of feet off the ground and was back again this evening ignoring the alarm calls and swoops of our nesting swallows

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 11:30 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Puffins

On a recent trip to Lundy Island I photographed a number of Puffins, Razorbills, and other sea birds.

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Puffin                                           Wheatear                              Common Dolphin

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 11:01 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill still at BGM this lunchtime. 2 Little Grebes, 1 Wigeon. A flyover Oystercatcher was the only wader.

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Good example of one of nature's recylers. Sandhoppers recycling a stranded Barrel Jellfish.


Posted June 18th, 2019 at 12:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Cuckoo's still around

Saw a Cuckoo flying near Pew Tor and heard another near Vixen Tor this morning.

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 9:38 am by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Monday 17th June 2019

Teign Estuary

Pair of Gadwalls and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull this evening.

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 10:30 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 7 Mediterranean Gulls (6+ 1st-s & 1 2nd-s), amongst the 23 adult Shelducks, 6 ducklings, 25 Mandarin Ducks, the lone Curlew still about, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Stock Doves, 4 juv Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Swallows with 4 juvs at the breeding site near Laira Bridge & 6 Roe Deer (2 bucks & 4 does).

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Chambercombe

Steve Hopper has kindly pointed out to me that the white Dove pictured with a Feral Pigeon in my post this mornings is in fact a racing Pigeon. Thanks Steve - now I need to be able tell the difference as the Feral Pigeon  obviously does!

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Chambercombe

 8 Swifts and 1 Swallow flying S 0830 this morning. Yesterday, through window, a Feral Pigeon enamoured with a less than enthusiastic Dove (ringed) and a Woodmouse waiting beneath feeders in hope of a spill.

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Feral Pigeon / Dove            Wood mouse

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 12:34 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Sunday 16th June 2019

Sedge Warbler

Instow dunes at the Yelland end were a couple of Sedge Warblers feeding their chicks.  A small number of Swallows, a Stonechat and a couple of Crows.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 16th, 2019 at 1:24 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red kite over Bottreaux Mill east of South Molton

This Red Kite was soaring overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey, east of South Molton today at 09:50. Looking very tatty it drifted off towards South Molton. This hasty image, taken through a gap in some trees, won't win any awards but it does show that it was a very raggedy bird.

Red Kite overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey

Red Kite overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey

Posted June 16th, 2019 at 11:58 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 15th June 2019

BGM

Spoonbill (sleeping mostly), Redshank, Greenshank, 1 Juv Med Gull in with BH Gull, Psycho LLB Gull, Blackwit, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveller, sprinkling of Hirundines (mostly H Martin). Goosemoor another juv Med Gull in with BH Gulls.

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Pied blackbird

Cormelles car park pied blackbird made another appearance today, better camera today. Stunning when she flies having one complete white wing. 

Pied blackbird.
Pied blackbird.

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 6:55 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

15-06-19 Roborough Down

Not much in the way of birdlife, but two notable Butterflies, the Green Hairstreak and the Small pearl-bordered fritillary

Green HairstreakSmall pearl-bordered fritillary
Green Hairstreak                              Small pearl-bordered fritillary

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Velator

Arriving at the reserve this morning, to show a visitor around I was stunned to see a juvenile Siskin in the garden to the right on the little approach lane. In the reserve a Kingfisher very busy catching Sticklebacks. There may even have been 2 Kingfishers present.

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching between 0500-0900 produced (selected highlights):

2 Storm Petrels, 334 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Med Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Scoter, 15 Swifts and 3 Harbour Porpioses.

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Siskins

On Dartmoor yesterday 14 June I saw a number of Siskins, a Nuthatch, male and female Chaffinch and usual Blue tits, Great tits and lots of Swallows.

Female SiskinMale Siskin
Female Siskin                                                   Male Siskin

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 12:51 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Friday 14th June 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill was still at BGM this lunchtime. Very little else.

Posted June 14th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Turf Lock

I have been keeping a eye on the pontoon where I know at least 3 Swallow nests are, 2 have fledged this morning, 1 set of 4 and another of 5. By the sound of the noisy chicks on the 3rd nest they wont be long to join the rest. The adults finding plenty of food along the canal bank. With the apparent Swallow numbers down this year, its great to see all these fledglings in one place.

    

Posted June 14th, 2019 at 2:05 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Thursday 13th June 2019

Berry Head seawatch: 08.45-15.20

Continuous rain until last hour or so. 

Manx Shearwater 767, Balearic Shearwater, Puffin, Bonxie, Sandwich Tern 2, Great Crested Grebe, Common Scoter 9, Kittiwake 12, Fulmar 3 & Harbour Porpoise 2+.

Posted June 13th, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Spotted Flycatcher on the Otter

Spotted Flycatcher this afternoon on the Otter, downstream from Ottery St Mary, among the newly planted trees. Lovely to see one again.

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding

NT. Killerton Estate, East Devon

Took a walk around the hills behind Killerton House thinking it might be a good area for a future fieldtrip.  Found a Spotted Flycatcher in the grounds of Killerton Chapel.  Nuthatch and some woodpeckers (Green and Gt Spotted)elsewhere but generally very few birds for such a varied habitat.  After talking to NT staff I learnt that the entire estate including the extensive woodlands (The Clump, Park Wood Columjohn Wood, The Plains etc are not free access and that unless one is a NT member, you have to pay an admission fee, plus the car park at £2 for two hours (£4 all day).   During my childhood there was a heronry at The Clump but not for many years.

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Swallow - Wrafton Pond

Emailed ML with original photo & noted a crack in the upper mandible which suggests a fracture or breakage due to a possible collision.

I noted this morning that this bird was flying very slowly & while stalling, picking insects from the leaves of shrubs which suggests the growth impairs it's ability to feed in the usual manner so has had to adapt it's feeding behaviour to some extent to allow for this, though the poor bird is obviously struggling to survive.

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 3:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton Pond, Taw Estuary

Stopped off at the pond to have a look on my way along the Tarka trail to  Barnstaple.  4 House Martins & 2 Swallows were foraging within a few metres of the boardwalk .One of the Swallows was so close to where I was standing I had to take a step back to avoid a possible collision.

This one Swallow alighted twice on the handrail at the side of the boardwalk only 2 metres away from where I was standing & rested for some time. My initial assessment was the bird was exhausted or unwell.

Looking at the photos when I got home I noticed it had an abnormal upper mandible. I have not been able to identify what it is. Is it a growth of some sort from an injury or a parasite that has attached itself to the bill?

Good to see at least one pair of Shelduck with 10 juveniles on the north side of the Taw estuary between Chivenor & Barnstaple, but could only find one pair.

   

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Nuthatches.

Family of 5 nuthatches, and 2 Y Gr. Sp. Woodpeckers being fed in our Gribbleford garden 

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 10:58 am by Sue Clark in General Birding

Pied? Female blackbird

Female pied blackbird cormelles court car park area in combemartin. Quite spectacular when she flew with her white wings. Phone camera shot 

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 10:20 am by Philip worth in General Birding

Sacrifices have to be made

Only my second ever sighting of these voracious feeders. Despite losing my verbascums to them, well worth it to know that my wildlife garden is successfully fulfilling its purpose.

     

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 9:11 am by philip l. fairclough in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 11th June 2019

Dawlish, a positive note!

After being inspired by my good friend Mark Glanvile who runs “Bristol Swifts” these last couple years I’ve been trying to find out more about the Swifts, Swallows and House Martins that nest around Dawlish. On my evening walk around the center, unfortunately didn’t see the Alpine Swift seen earlier but did see 15 Common Swifts. They seem to be nesting in three main areas and have reclaimed a historic nesting site that wasn’t used last year, the number do seem to be up.

While Swallows do seemed to have disappeared this year, House Martins have found a new nesting site in the new housing development next to Sainsbury’s, 20+ birds here which is a positive sign, the odd thing here is they are only nesting on houses with the white render, don’t know why?

Posted June 11th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Dawlish Alpine Swift

Alpine swift seen over the strand and Brunswick place Dawlish at 4pm with common swifts and house martins 

Posted June 11th, 2019 at 4:58 pm by Graeme Davey in General Birding

Paignton

A Red Kite appeared over Scadson Woods between heavy rain showers at 10.20 hours. Quickly joined by the local Herring Gull population it gained height and headed towards Paignton. First new garden tick for me in a long time !!!

Posted June 11th, 2019 at 1:09 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Velator

Been off in  foreign parts for a few days (well, Cornwall!) Returned to the reserve yesterday to find what looked like a full set of feathers from an adult Wood Pigeon on the grass. Female Sparrowhawk of perhaps a passing Peregrine?

This morning a Kingfisher perched over the pond (the nearby river being too muddy).

Posted June 11th, 2019 at 12:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 10th June 2019

sparrowhawk

Just before the rains came this evening a sparrowhawk had his dinner in next doors garden - not so good for its prey, a probable sparrow


Posted June 10th, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

River Otter, South Farm Road Bridge

Cuckoo heard calling briefly in late AM (11:00).

Posted June 10th, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Toby Mylett in General Birding

East Devon

 

10th June 2019

Seaton Wetlands- 8 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 3 Mute Swan, 55 Shelduck, 30 Mallard, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, B-H Gull, Herring Gull, 1 LB-B Gull and GB-B Gull.

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Posted June 10th, 2019 at 4:29 pm by C L North in General Birding

Parakeets

Two parakeets seen in Rockbeare 5.30 am.

Posted June 10th, 2019 at 7:45 am by Maggie Heal in General Birding

Sunday 9th June 2019

Capstone Parade

All Wk I've been seeing this handsome brute Great Black Backed Gull and it's mate raiding Ilfracombes roofs of its Herring Gull eggs and chicks.  Manx Shearwaters now passing in good numbers most days. Over at Pottington ind estate among Lesser bb and Herring Gull nesting sites at least 2 pairs of Oystercatchers on nests. 

Great Black-backed GullWhitethroat
Great Black-backed Gull                               Whitethroat

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

RSPB/FIRE BEACON RESERVE SIDMOUTH

Yesterday 8/6 pair of yellowhammers male singing well, possible sighting of young y/hammer.2 white throat males singing,and one very large Raven flying overhead,small group of linnets one male Stonechat.

a good morning for the area.

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 5:56 pm by Malcolm Seymour in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Highlight of a damp and disappointing couple of hours at CM. Seems to be a male Bullfinch passing food to a female rather than to a juvenile. Display perhaps?

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 3:21 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Puffin

It was nice to see a Puffin with the Guillemots at Ore stone today

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 2:38 pm by Robert Hughes in General Birding

09-06-19 Tawny Owl Chicks

2 Tawny Owl Chicks just sitting in a tree in Plymouth

Tawny Owl Chicks
Tawny Owl Chicks

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Goosander

The goosander on the Otter still has 13 of her ducklings.

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 1:36 pm by Maggie Heal in General Birding

Bowling green Marsh

Spoonbill still eating voraciously

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 12:22 pm by Ryan Knight in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen before this mornings high tide were the following.

Med Gull 1st summer in amongst the 41 BHG, Oystercatcher 3, Curlew 1, Green Woodpecker 2, GSW 1, Stock Dove 4, Little Egret 3 & Grey Heron 2.

Posted June 9th, 2019 at 11:23 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Saturday 8th June 2019

Berrynarbor

Another visitor in the garden today. 

Posted June 8th, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Harleston by Slapton

5 Humming-bird Hawk moths in the garden today, all on Red Valerian. Also Broad-bodied Chaser & Painted Lady.

Posted June 8th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Spoonbill dropped in about 10:30 and fed voraciously for a couple of hours. Also three Greenshank and two adult Mediterranean Gulls - around 35 species in total

Posted June 8th, 2019 at 1:20 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Friday 7th June 2019

Butterflies

A short walk along the coast path at Soar South Devon

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Posted June 7th, 2019 at 1:18 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Thursday 6th June 2019

Saunton & Toll House footpath

Skipper Butterfly at Saunton & Painted Lady on footpath by Toll House.

  

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 10:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe

'Showers as well, better than the other one!' - Sparrows use the upper stories

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Steps Bridge & Mardon Down

In the woods and along the river: Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher (including a male feeding recently-fledged young), Redstart, Marsh Tit and Crossbill.

On and around Mardon: Peregrine, Cuckoo,Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Willow and Garden Warblers, Redpoll and more Crossbills, plus wonderful views in the clean air.

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 4:11 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Burlescombe, Grand Western Canal

Good to see spotted flycatchers back on the canal .Two pairs today

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Exmouth

The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach @0645 with 3 fs Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 7:51 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Dartmoor

A return walk from Warren House Inn via Soussons & Challacombe produced: 3 male Whinchats, 2 male Redstarts, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 or 3 Cuckoos, Tree Pipit, 6 Siskins, 12 Lesser Redpolls, male Wheatear & plenty of Willow Warblers including 4 juvs being fed by an adult.

Posted June 5th, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry Head

Surprise of the day was finding a singing Brambling in fine summer plumage (some pictures below) at the very end of the headland this evening, then a calling Cuckoo just behind the southern fort.

  Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML

Posted June 5th, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saunton

Painted Lady Butterfly resting between sunny intervals & the occasional shower.

Dodder - common & parasitic on gorse, heather & many smaller plants.

Posted June 5th, 2019 at 3:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Clyst St Mary- bird behaviour.

Unusual bird behaviour in daughters garden while I was on grandparent duties!

My wife first drew my attention to a male Green Woodpecker in the garden apparently looking for ants.  I then noticed a Blackbird, Robin and Great Tit sunning themselves in the same small area of bare earth.  The sun was out at the time and the garden faces west.  I have previously seen birds sunning themselves but not in the manner of three species together.  A short time later when I looked out again... two Woodpigeons had replaced the three birds and were also enjoying the sun.  Alas no picture of the GW. 

 

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 6:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Venford Reservoir and Holne Woods

8 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip led by Tim Channon.  Species listed included Cuckoo, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Treecreeper and Yellowhammer amongst others.  A rewarding day albiet with some changeable weather.  After lunch when the weather developed into a lovely afternoon a further 9 species was added to the list making a total of 39 species for the day.  Thanks for the report Tim, sorry I couldn't join you.

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Visiting the garden today at lunchtime. I did not realise until later that there were two of the little darlings !

Intent on mischief. Having a browse.
Intent on mischief.                               Having a browse.

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 1:21 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning (joined by Dave Dawe a bit later) 0530-0830hrs: 39 Puffins, 96 Guillemots, 9 Razorbills, 111 Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 94 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels, 2 fs Med Gulls, 8 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern & 76 Gannets.

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach from 0545 - 0645 at least, with c100+ Black-headed Gull and 1 fs Mediterranean Gull.

Posted June 4th, 2019 at 7:15 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd June 2019

Sighting

Sitting in our garden in Brixton, Devon and a turtle dove landed on the fence. 

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 3:23 pm by John beckett in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Mute Swans, 10+ Mallards plus 5 well-grown juveniles, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit, c.12 Swallows, 2 Blackbirds.

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Great Crested Grebe with chick - Sunday

Surprised to see a Great Crested Grebe with half grown juvenile, Millers Crossing (Mill-on-the-Exe), Exeter

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 10:43 am by Lyndon Hughes in General Birding

Exmouth

First-summer Bonaparte's Gull with c100+ Black-headed Gulls off Shelly Beach @0630'ish onwards. Also two fs Mediterranean Gulls. Earlier, off the seafront - 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 fs Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern. Off Mudbank - 6 Brent Geese (of which at least 5 are Pale-bellied) and 5 Great Crested Grebe. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 6:57 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch 7.15am to 1.45 pm. SSW veering SW, wind  force 3 going 5, mist and rain at times. 

2 Skuas around midday. One pale phased Arctic and a presumed dark phased bird tho broader longer winged, deeper chested suggested spoon less  Pomarine. Both chasing Kittiwakes. Also 14 Puffins west. 8 Common Scoter and 175 Manx Shearwaters. Surprisingly no petrels despite good conditions for them.

Posted June 2nd, 2019 at 9:02 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Excellent passage of Puffins this morning between 0530-0800hrs with 91 logged all moving south, the largest group was of 7 birds. Also  1 Bonxie, 1 GND, 2 fs Med Gulls, 9 Razorbills, 600+ Guillemots, 109 Kitts, 73 Gannet, 6 Swifts & 3 H Porpoises. Plus a singing Reed Warbler and  Bee orchid in quarry.

Posted June 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ashford near the Taw

Male Merlin hunting passerines.

Posted June 2nd, 2019 at 6:50 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Stover June 1st

After launching the Stover Dragonfly Hotspot yesterday (12 species seen, including Downy Emerald, Hairy Dragonfly and Red-eyed Damselfly), returned in the evening for Nightjars. After 2 or 3 churring males, no less than 4 appeared together, chasing each other, wing clapping and calling over the pylon ride, while a fifth churred nearby. A great end to a great day! Earlier, several Mandarins, including a duck with 2 ducklings.

Posted June 2nd, 2019 at 10:27 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Saturday 1st June 2019

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet to roost

Posted June 1st, 2019 at 8:09 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

2 very vocal Reed Bunting chicks unable to fly in the Discovery area, look fit and well though. Hopefully with all the free running dogs about today they survive to sing another day!


Posted June 1st, 2019 at 4:56 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide and around Saltram the following were seen.

The lone Curlew still here, Oystercatcher 2, Whimbrel 1, Grey Heron 3, Stock Dove 8, Green Woodpecker 1, GSW 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1 and the pair of Canada Geese still have 5 young.

Posted June 1st, 2019 at 11:12 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

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