Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from June 2021

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Wednesday 30th June 2021

Slapton Ley

Today while down at Slapton Ley a Black Swan was spotted on the far side of the lake.  Also saw a few Tufted Ducks, great crested grebes and lots of Canada geese.

Black Swan
Black Swan
Tufted Ducks
Tufted Ducks

Posted June 30th, 2021 at 9:20 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plymbridge Woods

A return walk from Coypool to Cann Quarry, this morning, produced: juv Dipper, 5+ Marsh Tits, Spotted Flycatcher, 4+ Siskins & 2 male Grey Wagtails.

Posted June 30th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator Reserve

A short and not very birdy ringing session this morning was livened up by catching a Reed Warbler with ring number D748808. This was ringed as a juvenile on 11 July 2014, so she's been to Africa and back 7 times now! Great going!

Posted June 30th, 2021 at 2:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Wood Sandpiper on edge of Southdown Farm on shallow pool, only 2nd record for Soar after one in pig fields in October 1993. Also Green Sandpiper there.

Non-avian: 3 male Red-veined Darters; 21 Black-tailed Skimmers; 9 Emperor Dragonflies; 5 Broad-bodied Chasers; 80 Common Blue Damselflies.

Posted June 30th, 2021 at 2:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 29th June 2021

Dartmoor

Today while crossing Dartmoor I stopped off at a location near Hexworthy and got this image of a Skylark.

Skylark
Skylark

Posted June 29th, 2021 at 9:52 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Countesswear - Starcross

Highlights today were the Great Egret on the storage lagoon and a Marsh Harrier quartering the fields S of Swan's Nest Road. Also present were a Med. Gull with the common Gull/Crow flock along Lime Kiln Lane, four Egyptian Geese (a pair with two young) and 40 Shelduck (at least as many having already left, for the Waddensee I presume) in Powderham Park, a Kestrel, a pair of Stonechats, and a few each of Swift and the three Hirundines. Lots of Warbler song, with energetic song-flights from Sedge and Whitethroat.

Posted June 29th, 2021 at 7:18 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Early morning walk produced several juvenile and adult Wheatears, Stonechats 9, Skylarks 6, Meadow Pipits 9, Linnets 8, Goldfinches 8, Linnets 12, Great Tits 2, Wrens 2, a solitary Kestrel and Yellowhammer. G.S. Woodpecker adult with 2 juveniles also up to 15 Mistle Thrushes and Ravens 2.

G.S. Woodpecker
G.S. Woodpecker
Linnet
Linnet

Posted June 29th, 2021 at 5:03 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This afternoon the Great White Egret still in the middle of the main marsh tho elusive, 2 Green Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwit and a Hobby

Posted June 29th, 2021 at 3:33 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Thornhillhead

Woken by swallows frantic alarm calling this morning. Went to investigate and disturbed male sparrowhawk in the garage where swallows are feeding young. Same thing happened last year although there was no obvious predation and youngsters successfully fledged. Wondering what will happen this year?

Posted June 29th, 2021 at 2:35 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

Along the vegetated sides of the trail the Chiffchaff & Blackcap were singing with some of the enthusiasm of earlier in the spring, like a replay of spring migrant arrivals.

Some of the Black headed Gulls have returned, most still in summer plumage, one juvenile within the flock.

12 Little Egrets on the salt marsh at Pottington. 



Posted June 29th, 2021 at 12:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 28th June 2021

Yelland

This evening, I walked from Fremington to Yelland and got some shots of a Greenfinch,Whitethroat, a Kestrel and two Goldfinches. All were seen at the Yelland end of my walk.

Greenfinch
Greenfinch
Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 10:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Great evening visit to Exminster Marsh. GWE, 2 Wood & 2 Green Sandpipers, 8+ Med Gull, and returning birds, 70+ Redshank, 50+ Curlew, 10+ Teal, 10 Blackwits, 6 Shoveler, M Pintail. 

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 10:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Crownhill Down and Smallhanger

Two Wood Sandpipers feeding in one of the Smallhanger Pools at the top of Crownhill Down this afternoon. More photos: https://bit.ly/3y24XN7 

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpipers
Wood Sandpipers

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 8:41 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Evidence of successful Stonechat breeding today with 3 newly fledged young being watched over by both parents; also Siskin (male), 2 Ravens, c35 Swifts, 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull, Marbled White & 2 Small Heaths.

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 7:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Pottington

This morning I spotted a group of around a 100 Canada geese on a sand bank near Pottington.  Photo taken from Shapland side of the river. In the group is an unknown bird close-up sent for ID.

Canada geese
Canada geese

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 4:23 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Redpoll

Good views of a redpoll and redstart by the Taw and Exmoor branch of the British Naturalists Association yesterday on an branch outing to Challacombe Farm

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Brian Sims in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

First returning Green Sandpiper, on edge of Southdown Farm.

Non-avian:  2 male Red-veined Darters over ponds.

Posted June 28th, 2021 at 3:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Tarka trail

First flock of Redshank are back already in the corner on the bend of the river  Also 2 ad + 3 juv Shelduck.


Posted June 28th, 2021 at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 27th June 2021

Higher dawlish water

10.48 HOBBY very close but very fast over my chicken pen, first up here

Posted June 27th, 2021 at 10:54 am by Steve stone in Bird News

Exe estuary

Common tern with black headed gulls on the river yesterday 

Posted June 27th, 2021 at 9:58 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Saturday 26th June 2021

Nightjars in Cann Woods , Plymouth

Nightjar churring on Friday night from 10pm in Cann Woods, where trees of plantation are lower.  Good views of at least 3 males flying and 2 females near by. 3 Glowworms showing in vegetation by main path and several bats possibly pipistrelles were flying after moths.

Posted June 26th, 2021 at 10:39 pm by LIZ HARRIS in Bird News

Exminster Marsh this evening

Great White Egret showing well on lagoon until it vanished into the reeds. 90+ Curlew, 2 1st Summer Meds the best of the rest. 

Posted June 26th, 2021 at 9:56 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Home Marsh Farm-BW Stilts

No further sightings of the two Black-Winged Stilts at HM Farm but two turned up in Gloucestershire (Pilning Wetland) on June 25th, the day after my sighting. Coincidence?

Posted June 26th, 2021 at 8:42 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Wrafton pond- Friday c6pm

Late post. Had one or two photos to sort before posting. The Black-winged stilt was showing very well despite the poor light.  Got some distant shots and one in flight caught me by surprise as it flew overhead while I was taking a phone call. rubbish image but thought that I would post it anyway.

Black winged stilt
Black winged stilt
Black-winged stilt
Black-winged stilt

Posted June 26th, 2021 at 5:00 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few returning waders on this morning's very high tide at Blaxton Meadow, the summering Greenshank joined by 19 Curlews, 16 Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers. Also there, the Shelducks included a pair with 5 ducklings and the Black-headed Gulls, my first juvenile of the year. Elsewhere, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker and a male Bullfinch.

Posted June 26th, 2021 at 3:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great White Egret- Exminster Marsh

One found this morning by JD- on main lagoon and still present mid morning when showed well in the open towards the right hand side of the pool - otherwise just a few brief flight views.


Posted June 26th, 2021 at 11:10 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This was 06.15 this morning , poor light & from some distance but I was delighted to find this Spotted Redshank , a first for me in summer plumage. 


Posted June 26th, 2021 at 8:10 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Friday 25th June 2021

Berry Head guillemot colony

Looking down at the sea from the clifftop above the guillemot colony, rafts of guillemots with 4 razorbills among them, groups of flying kittiwakes apparently leaving and returning to ledges and flyby fulmars. It would be worth someone checking the kittiwake colony at Exmouth to help pin down whether the Berry Head birds are relocating local breeders or if they come from further away.

Razorbills and guillemots.
Razorbills and guillemots.

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 9:46 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Stilt

And indeed still present at 7.30p.m.

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 8:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

The Black winged Stilt was present on the scrape late aft early evening + 1 Black tailed Godwit.


Posted June 25th, 2021 at 7:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight was nesting Siskins (probably a site first); also 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a pair of Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Shag, 17+ Mandarin Ducks, a pair of mute Swans with 3 cygnets, 4+ Roe Deer, 1 or 2 Marbled Whites & a Small Skipper.

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 4:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton

Glad to see Phil back in action! The Stilt was still there when I left the reserve at 1 o'clock.

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton BW Stilt

Thanks to Jon Turner we did find the Black Winged Stilt this morning, 10:15, on the scrape. Sorry, Rob, you missed it, but we were just lucky ;) 

Black winged Stilt Wrafton scrape
Black winged Stilt Wrafton scrape

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 10:39 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

RE: Jon Turner

I was watching the Black winged Stilt between 5-6pm, he remained firmly in place on the scrape, so it would appear there are 3! Wow!

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 8:41 am by Sam Aston in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Black-winged Stilt still present this morning along with a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted June 25th, 2021 at 7:20 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 24th June 2021

Clayhiden

While traveling along a country lane near Clayhiden, I spotted this and two other Yellowhammers, a couple of Linnets and a Wren.  Not quite on the same level as the two Stilts seen by Jon Turner and Sue Ambler but worthy of a mention.  

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted June 24th, 2021 at 10:23 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Stilts

Just to be sure - was anyone watching the Wrafton Stilt while the 2 were being photographed across the river? At about 5 - 5.30 ish I think Sue said.

Posted June 24th, 2021 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Home Marsh Farm --Two Black-Winged Stilts

Was very surprised to find Two Black-Winged Stilts feeding at the southern pond near the owl box this afternoon. Watched from 5 to 5.30 in sea mist. They took flight briefly but soon reappeared and carried on feeding. Apologies for very poor record shots. 

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilts...
Black-winged Stilts...

Posted June 24th, 2021 at 9:02 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Stilt

Couple of poor pics of the Stilt at Wrafton this morning



Posted June 24th, 2021 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Arrived at the scrape this morning to see two Waders, and thought they must be the Black-tailed Godwits I saw the other day. But no, one was a Bar-tailed Godwit and the other was Black-winged Stilt!  I quickly called Sue, and a couple of others. Three of us went birding in Cornwall yesterday, and had hoped to see the Black-winged Stilt at Marazion, but it was a no-show. Perhaps this is the same bird? Pics shortly.

Posted June 24th, 2021 at 1:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

A few locations

Didn't stay in one place today, so a few locations

Emsworthy mire -  7 am start  here, had 1 cuckoo in the fields, not too active just the one call here and there. Male redstart in nearby scrub. Plenty of pippits scattered about, rooks and jackdaws. Skylark, stonechat, wheaters, robins, bluetits, greenfinch. Didn't hang around long

Yarner wood-  Popped over here next. Lots of pied and spotted fly catchers, most hanging around tree tops, GSW, gold/green finch,  great/blue tit, nuthatch, willow warblers, buzzards, pheasant. 

Then finally stover-  A very close obliging buzzard at the walkway, returned several times within 10m of us just sitting there, beautiful bird. Also, Jay, stock dove, swallow, swift, mandarin, mallards, coots, morehens, pheasant, the other usual woodland birds, swan with 6 teenage youngsters now, song thrush. GSW 

Posted June 23rd, 2021 at 10:17 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Avon Dam

The only water birds at the Avon Dam this morning were 10 roosting red-head Goosanders on the spillway, departing down river at 0530. Double-figure counts in June are not unprecedented here, but this was my highest count of roosters at the dam since February. The sudden increase in red-heads from only two-four during the last three months could be due to the inclusion of at least one brood of this year's young. Some of the birds do indeed show the juvenile feature of a thin white line running from bill to below the eye, but not the duller legs.

Roosting Goosanders about to depart
Roosting Goosanders about to depart

Posted June 23rd, 2021 at 9:22 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Okehampton - Sourton

Walked out and back along the railway, and briefly on to the moor:

- along the way, one Garden Warbler, always in the thickest vegetation, to every nineteen Blackcaps, allowing occasional comparison of the songs. There seemed to be an element of Chaffinch mimicry in one of the GW's song, new for me;

- in Meldon Quarry, Redpolls buzzing over the Birches, and Swallows taking food into the slowly-decaying, "preserved" but vandalised carriages;

- in the hedgerows, Redstarts feeding newly-fledged young;

- on the fringe of the moor, Wheatears, Stonechats, Linnets and Ravens, and a Jay "fly-catching" from the ground. Couldn't see what it was getting, but perhaps a hatch of ants. 

Posted June 23rd, 2021 at 7:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

Upper Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Stone Chat 1m 1f, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Sedge Warbler, 23 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 1 White Throat.

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Mut Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Mallard, 1 juv Grey Wagtail, 2 Robin, 1 Cormorant, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Moorhen plus 4 chicks, 3 Carrion Crow.

Posted June 23rd, 2021 at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Northam

3 juvenile siskins on nyger feeder in garden this morning. 

Posted June 23rd, 2021 at 9:14 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Dartmoor Tuesday 22nd June

Good extended views of three cuckoos on the NE flanks of Black Hill.

Much harassment from meadow pipits etc.

I did not hear any calls from the cuckoos.

Posted June 22nd, 2021 at 4:25 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Welcombe and Bursdon Moor area

1 female Yellowhammer, 12+ Swallows, 1, male Linnet, 2 singing Blackcaps, 5+ House Sparrows

Harvey Kendall& Barry Bryne.

Posted June 22nd, 2021 at 2:49 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Monday 21st June 2021

Velator/Sherpa

For the first time in quite a while 2 House Martin and a Sand Martin over the scrape this morning. Late afternoon visit to the Marsh: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were a surprise - at least one landed by the new pond beyond Sherpa. 13 Adult Canada Geese with 12 Goslings - luckier than the reserve Goslings - all predated by an Otter (probably!) 4 Swallows and couple of Swifts and 2 Little Egrets also present.

Posted June 21st, 2021 at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swift’s

Surprised to see approximately 30 Swift’s feeding over the Beacon / Madeira Walk area in Exmouth late pm today.  

Posted June 21st, 2021 at 7:57 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Swifts over Braunton Burrows

A walk on the Burrows around 4pm today was rewarded with a flyby of approximately 27 Swifts. Also seen, video'd and photographed was a Roe buck which was downwind of us so didn't notice us for about 5 minutes! 

Roe buck
Roe buck

Posted June 21st, 2021 at 7:44 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Sunday 20th June 2021

Velator

There's been a Willow Warbler singing in the reserve for a few weeks recently, but today I didn't hear it, I hope it may still be around - they haven't stopped to breed for a long time recently. Reed Bunting still singing. Unusually an Adder was sunning itself today, but slithered off at my approach. Male Kestrel also present - first for may weeks.

Posted June 20th, 2021 at 10:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area highlights: Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Garden Warbler, Wheatear (3 juv, 5 adults), Stonechat (7 juv), 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Mistle Thrush and Tawny Owl. 39 species in total.

Crownhill Down: Whinchat, Wheatear (3 juv and 1 adult), 2 Yellowhammer and 4 Raven 

Wheatear (juv)
Wheatear (juv)

Posted June 20th, 2021 at 4:11 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake Saturday 19th.

3 Willow Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Wren, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Marsh Tit,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Robin.

Posted June 20th, 2021 at 9:11 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 19th June 2021

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday at  Exminster Marshes. Fairly quiet with Little Egrets, Canada Geese, Mallards, Herons, Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, Lapwings, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Cettis Warblers, Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Linnets.

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted June 19th, 2021 at 9:22 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Bradwell Wood (private woodland), North Devon

Spotted Flycatcher seen on our patch this evening.

Posted June 19th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Only one small wader, a Dunlin on Saunton Sands, but an abundance of flowering plants in Braunton Burrows not to be missed (see Other Wildlife) 

Male Broad-bodied Chaser on one of the many ponds on the Burrows.



Posted June 19th, 2021 at 3:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Baby parrots central park

Ringneck parakeets

Posted June 19th, 2021 at 7:47 am by Barry in Bird News

Friday 18th June 2021

Albino Great Northern Diver

The albino GND that was in Salcombe over last winter has been relocated in Unst, Shetland. Unfortunately I was unable to find it.

Posted June 18th, 2021 at 11:36 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head Guillemots

A pleasant afternoon watching Gullemots plunge into the sea from their ledges at Berry Head was ruined when 3 Jet Ski's came close into the cliff at speed and then drove straight through the flock on the sea.

The words I used to describe the Jet Skiers are not suitable for print !!!. 

I did inform one of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Rangers as to what had happened but he said there was little they could do to protect the exclusion zone which is marked by buoys in the sea.

Posted June 18th, 2021 at 3:59 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Red Kite

Single red kite spotted over Tiverton heading north on Friday June 18th 9:30 am. 

Posted June 18th, 2021 at 9:50 am by Paul Brankin in Bird News

Berry Head/Ideford Common/Emsworthy Mire

Report of 3 sites over last two days whilst taking a visiting friend to add to his year list.

Berry Head; whitethroats, large numbers of Guillemots and Kittiwakes plus Razorbills, Fulmar and Gannets.

Ideford Common; Several Nightjars seen flying some churring in the undergrowth very close to the road adjacent to the common, be prepared for a lot of biting midges.

Emsworthy; Excellent views of cuckoos flying in pairs around the fields to the left after the gates some calling but not for long at least 6 seen. As well as large numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks there were large numbers of Herring Gulls circling and in the fields is this flying ants seems a bit early.

Posted June 18th, 2021 at 9:45 am by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Plympton

Red Kite over the garden at 0845.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 18th, 2021 at 9:04 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 17th June 2021

Atherington

Today while working near Atherington I Saw this Red Legged Partridge.

Red Legged Partridge
Red Legged Partridge

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 11:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Countesswear - Powderham Marsh

Nothing exciting, just:

- along Lime Kiln Lane, c400 Rooks, including many begging juveniles, in the silage "stubble", so perhaps the c80 pairs from the Matford and Countesswear colonies, plus 3 young per pair;

- along the towpath, still a lot of song from Reed, Sedge and Cetti's, and Reed Bunting, and a brief squeal from a Water Rail, whether newly returned or breeding I don't know;

- on the main lagoon, several Tufted Ducks and a trilling Little Grebe;

- on the main body of Exminster Marsh, 3 Gadwall, my first of the year, 2 Wigeon, and a Med. Gull;

 - on Powderham Marsh -the regular Kestrel, and 5 unaccompanied and probably doomed Shelducklings.

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 10:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Red kite at Bow

Red kite hanging above the road between Bow and Copplestone as I was driving home this evening- just before 6pm

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 7:31 pm by Tom Misselbrook in Bird News

Exmoor

Sue Bruce called to say she had been on the Devon side of the border up on the moors around Farley Water and they had seen Red Kite and White-tailed Eagle.

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 6:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Scarcity of swifts and swallows at Staddon Heights

Just visited the wall at Staddon Heights golf course. Usually at this time of year it's alive with swallows and swifts. Today no swifts and possibly a couple of swallows. Can anybody explain the situation please.

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 5:06 pm by Tony Tagg in Bird News

Ashclyst Foresy

Cuckoo calling this morning.

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 10:38 am by Maggie Heal in Bird News

Axminster

Yesterday while in Axminster this Buzzard was spotted on a roadside pole.

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted June 17th, 2021 at 10:23 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 16th June 2021

Crownhill Down and Plympton

Whinchat, Cuckoo, 3 singing and 4 juv Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and the usuals on Crownhill Down. Also 2 Shelduck on the large Tungsten West Pit (viewed from the top of Crownhill Down).

A brief singing Whitethroat passed through the garden late morning. A bit of a surprise.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted June 16th, 2021 at 1:28 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wrafton

4 or 5 Red Kites seen over Wrafton yesterday - sadly not by me though!

Posted June 16th, 2021 at 9:14 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Yesterday at Cadover: Sand Martins 7, Reed Buntings 2, Pied Wagtail 1, GSW 1, GWP 1, Willow Warblers 12, Chiffchaffs 2, Blackcaps 3, Chaffinches 6, Goldfinches 2, Buzzards 2, Cuckoo 1, Garden Warblers 3. On Legis Tor Warren: Stonechats 4, numerous Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, Linnets 2, Wheatears 9 mixed juveniles and adults.

Imm. Wheatear
Imm. Wheatear
Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Posted June 16th, 2021 at 9:04 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield 15/6/2021

Female flushed from main path at 21.57. Flew around for ca 5 minutes briefly alighting on low trees. Brief bout of churring at 22.05 then no sound/sightings before leaving Heath at 22.30

Posted June 16th, 2021 at 8:05 am by John Walton in Bird News

Heron flyby

A most unusual sight over our house close to the town centre. A heron  flying low down, appeared very put out by the gulls mobbing it. Did they take it for a predator or was it just its size? Only the gulls know and they're not talkin

Posted June 16th, 2021 at 6:48 am by Philip Fairclough in Bird News

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Pied Wagtail

today 15/06/2021. Bird seen in the Bickington Road area, Barnstaple.



 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted June 15th, 2021 at 8:45 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Red Kite

Three Mistle Thrush flying over the garden at South Brent first thing this morning, male Blackcap still singing well.

A38 Haldon Hill a low flying Red Kite.

Dead Barn owl on the side of the A38 near Dean Prior.

Posted June 15th, 2021 at 6:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kites - Dunkeswell

3 Red Kites circling over fields where grass is being cut for silage. Shortly afterwards, 6 Buzzards circling, also looking for casualties in the grass


Posted June 15th, 2021 at 2:01 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News

spoonbill and hobby

West Ogwell 14.6.21, a hobby seen circling overhead, and a probably spoonbill heading east high overhead at 11am.  Too high without binoculars to be sure, bit a sizeable bird, fast wingbeats, neck held forward, too big for little egret, too small for great white.

Posted June 15th, 2021 at 12:32 pm by Dan Lupton in Bird News

Monday 14th June 2021

Withycombe Exmouth

Red kites 9 circling at varying heights over village drifting north

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 8:30 pm by Gordon & Sheila Farr & Burnett in Bird News

White Tailed Eagle.

White tailed Eagle seen this morning over South Molton heading towards Torrington. Being mobbed by Buzzards

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 7:48 pm by Jeremy Hickman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greenshank still on Blaxton Meadow with 21 Shelducks including 2 pairs with (3 + 5) small ducklings. Also, Treecreeper, Whitethroat, pair of Stonechats, 2 Ravens, Green Woodpecker & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

A38 Red Kite

On A38 near Stover Park, Red Kite flying over just over traffic height

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

Red Kite

1 low over Odd Wheel pub, Wembury. 3.00pm

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 3:46 pm by Robert Massey in Bird News

Red Kite Ottery St Mary

Red Kite circling low over the Salston side of OSM, then climbed on a thermal and drifted north at 14:55

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 2:57 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Red Kite

A Red Kite just now over Pynes Hill / Ludwell Valley Exeter.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 1:36 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Red Kite - Torquay

5 Red Kites - Torquay - one low north over my house at 1236pm and then 3 more at 1302pm and then picked up another and 4 watched circling for 5 mins

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 12:41 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red kite in Exmouth

Just seen Red kite 10.05 over Imperial road towards the estuary direction.

it had a seagull escort!

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 10:22 am by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Exeter

Ring neck parakeet perched in tree on hill Barton road, exeter. Never seen a parakeet here before or in exeter.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 7:45 am by David scott in Bird News

Sunday 13th June 2021

Mandarin with 5 young

Female Mandarin with 5 young on river at Chudleigh Knighton 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 8:24 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

Berry Head to Hope’s Nose

A boat trip out of Brixham on Kelly’s Hero Charters was interesting.  Lots of Kittiwakes nesting on Berry Head and nearby cliffs.  Fulmars and usual gulls.  Three Razorbills flying in and out of the Guillemot colony.  Birds returning with small fish.  Over to Hopes Nose, 3 Manx Shearwaters passed by and later a Whimbrel.  On the Ore Stone were several nesting pairs of Razorbills and Guillemots and a pair of Turnstones in summer plumage.  Very quiet generally, probably due to the lack of wind and calm seas as most birds sitting on the water.  Flock of up to 20 Shags on the sea.  At least 3 Gannets seen (2cy, 3cy and adult plumage).  Single 2cy Med Gull. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 8:02 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Met Jon Turner at Wrafton pond who was conducting a bird count.  Shortly after he had left, a Sparrowhawk possibly the same bird as the one I spotted the other day dropped in. Also saw a family of Long tailed tits, a couple of Moorhen and a couple of Little Grebe.

Moorhen
Moorhen
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 7:46 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Inner Hope Cove, Bolt Tail

Late brief sea watch Saturday eve on 12th, highlight was a Sandwich Tern flying south over the Tail. Early Sunday following day brief sea watch saw about 25 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, and at the limit of our scope was what we believed to be 2 juvenile Gannets with several adults.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 6:56 pm by Dan & Tom Kent in Bird News

Red-breasted flycatcher

Late news

10th June, 2021, Red-breasted flycatcher, briefly, Central Park, Plymouth

 
 
 
 
 
 
Eds: This bird  appears to show buffy undertail coverts - which would be  wrong for a European flycatcher. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 6:34 pm by Roger Bolden in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

Another Red Kite over the village, the third this afternoon heading SW. Also 3 Buzzards (locals). Earlier... US Air Force 1 carrying Joe Biden flew over going E. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 4:57 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

2 Red Kites over the village at 16.20 heading south west at a height.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 4:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Widworthy

Over the house this morning.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 1:37 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Several pairs of Shelducks with (3 + 6) small ducklings on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning, together with a lingering Greenshank & 7 Curlews. Also, Siskin, a pair of Stonechats & 24 Mandarin Ducks, mainly drakes going into eclipse. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 12:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay & Berry Head

Late post but on a cruise around Torbay on Friday 11th there were 17+ Mediterranean Gulls all scruffy looking first summer birds (2nd cy). Also really good to see kittiwakes back at Berry Head in good numbers 150+ some have started to nest and settled onto presumably eggs. Seems very late but if successful will be the first breeding at the site for nearly 10 years. Later breeding at Berry Head might be more successful as oily small fish numbers around this part of Lyme bay pick up in mid summer.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 9:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 12th June 2021

Swift increase

I saw 4 swifts over Great Torrington square this afternoon, the most I've seen this year, so hopefully they'll have babies after such a slow start to their season. 3 house martins also.

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Red Kite Lipson Plymouth

I have been feeling a little hard done by over recent weeks seeing all of the Red Kite reports from others. Sorted this morning though with a single bird initially very low over Freedom Fields. Got a good 5 min with the bird as it gradually gained height and eventually drifted off towards Rame

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 12:18 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

Lesser Whitethroat, Northam.

Enjoying an early morning cup of tea in bed whilst listening to a very vocal Lesser Whitethroat singing from the hedge line below the Torridge Bridge.

Another addition to the house list!

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 7:32 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Red kite

A friend saw a red kite over the Crowbeare valley on the northern edge of Great Torrington at 2pm yesterday

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 6:12 am by Aubrey in Bird News

Friday 11th June 2021

Wrafton pond

Wrafton pond was again very quite apart from the usual suspects.  A Robin was singing its heart out near the boardwalk and a Sparrowhawk landed in a tree on the far side of the pond.

Robin
Robin
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted June 11th, 2021 at 11:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An emphasis on land birds today with: Peregrine, Kestrel, Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, pair of Stonechats, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 20+ Swifts, 2 Roe Deer & 9 Small Heaths.

Posted June 11th, 2021 at 8:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Venford

Yesterday in the Venford area: At least 3 Cuckoos, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 2 Redstarts, Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammers, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Tree Pipits, A Buzzard, 3 Ravens, Wrens, Coal tits, Swallows, House Martins, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Magpies, Jays, Skylarks and a Grey Heron.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted June 11th, 2021 at 8:09 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 10th June 2021

Ash Mill

Red Kite over seen from the A361.

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 5:08 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Re falcon seen with a kestrel.

The falcon seen by michael wooodman smith  is a falconers bird, jesses and transmitter.  It looks like a lugger falcon but it is hard to be sure as there are many hi-breeds etc. 

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Where Have The Swallows and House Martins Gone?

The village of Abbotsham in North Devon had upwards of 20 House Martin and even more Swallow nests in the 1990's. They have gradually declined and this year there is not one house martin nest and around half a dozen swallow nests.There have been none feeding over Godborough or the Kenwith Castle Lake. Is it just us?

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 12:01 pm by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late report for yesterday 9/6/21

Lower Tamar Lake.

4 juv Nuthatch at the hide feeders waiting for an adult to feed them, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 4 Coal Tit, 3 Grey Wagtail two adults feeding one juv. 5 Tufted Duck 4m 1f, 1 Moorhen, 14 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 8:38 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Exminster Marsh

11 1st Summer Med Gulls on Exminster Marsh this evening. 30 Curlew, 5 Blackwits, 4 Barwits & a Whimbrel. Also Hobby sat around waiting for supper. 

Posted June 9th, 2021 at 9:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

lundy

I'm sure by now everyone seen the post of the warbler, i myself didn't see it, i mean i might have passed it and not known what i was looking at, i walked past the area at 12 but before the crowds arrived heard something unusual but was too tired to look. Instead I'll post other sightings on my three days on the island. 

Puffins galore, was great to see, not too many seen actively bringing fish back to the burrow, probably only spotted 4 doing that. 
Guillemots, razor bills all in high numbers, GBB gulls, LBB gulls, herring gulls, fulmars, kittiwake, skylarks, wheatears (and juv), whinchats (and young), starlings, goldfinch, chiff chaff, willow warbler, oyster catcher, pipits, Manx shearwaters very loud at night and some seen distant on the ferry crossings.  swallows, house martins, house sparrows, a lot of racing pigeons who didn't want to keep racing it seems, collard doves, blue/great tit, robin, dunnock,  gannets seen diving off shore. Ravens, crows, wrens, mallards (with ducklings) Shags, cormorants, 

other note, dolphin pods both crossings on the ferry and lots and lots of grey seals. was also swarms of different jellyfish on leaving day 

Posted June 9th, 2021 at 11:07 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Sand Martins

Around six in a sand bank on the River Yeo between Fordton and Uton.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 9:27 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Lundy

Sulphur-Bellied Warbler still showing very well this evening on and off from 6-645pm feeding actively on the rock face in Millcombe Valley- apparently the Oldenburg is fully booked for 2 weeks due to the restrictions mentioned below -  so charter boats are the only option . Brilliant views of Puffins, Manxies and Dolphins en route 

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 8:06 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite over Exeter road area Kingsteignton 17.45 

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 6:18 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite spotted circling overhead (Pyworthy) about 2pm for 5 minutes. Soaring high but occasionally dropping down. Headed off north east.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 4:40 pm by Diana Lee in Bird News

Lundy

The singing male Sulphur-bellied Warbler (see post below) was originally found at Stoneycroft (near the Old Lighthouse) this morning by David Price. It subsequently relocated to Millcombe Valley and was still present there this afternoon. Originally thought to be a Dusky Warbler (which itself would have been a first for Lundy) a back-of-camera mobile phone shot of the bird from Lundy Warden Dean Jones drew comment and questions from birders familiar with Sulphur-bellied Warbler, a very similar Asian species that has only been recorded once previously in the Western Palearctic (on the Danish island of Christiansø on 30 May 2016). Following review of original images and recordings of the bird's song, the bird was confirmed as a Sulphur-bellied Warbler, a first for Britain! An amazing occurrence... The full story of the Lundy bird will doubtless be told by those who were there when it was discovered. In the meantime, here is a link to an account of the Danish bird, which includes some photos and a map of the species' usual range:

http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Finders_in_the_field_Sulphur_bellied_Warbler.aspx?s_id=899388267

 

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 4:38 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Swifts over Torrington

I am seeing a pair of swifts over Great Torrington daily, and 3 house martins over my estate today. Hummingbird hawkmoth was a surprise this afternoon, briefly!

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 3:38 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

East Soar

Further to my earlier post ant news for the book to me at ronmacklin@outlook.com

Thanks

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 3:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Germansweek

4 Swifts over Germansweek at 13:00 today 08/06/21. first time I have seen them this year.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 2:25 pm by Mark Palmer in Bird News

East Soar

Adult female Red-backed Shrike on Bolt Head - seen for 4 minutes from 1040; catching insects from perch and being scolded by Meadow Pipits, Linnets and a Stonechat. 7th record for Soar but the first spring record. Also Red Kite flying high east.

I'm preparing a "History of the Birds of Soar" for publication in 2022 if I can afford it. Any extra records welcome plus any anecdotes. Please remember to put all your sightings at Soar on the Devon Birds blog so they can be included.

Now how do I get to Lundy!!

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 1:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lundy

A Sulphur-bellied Warbler has been found on Lundy. First for Britain and 2nd for the Western Palearctic. If you thought the Mockingbird was a twitch, this could create pandemonium with the Oldenburg running on Covid restricted numbers.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 1:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

south molton community woodlans

2 garden warblers singing yesterday, not seen.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 8:52 am by art symons in Bird News

Monday 7th June 2021

Harleston by Slapton

Hobby overhead this morning - garden tick!

Posted June 7th, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey sighting

At about 10:40 today Monday 7th June 2021 at Teigngrace I saw an Osprey atop an electricity pylon. It then took to the air and gently flew off towards Kingsteignton.

Posted June 7th, 2021 at 2:33 pm by Terry Hall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a walk this morning: juvenile Green Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, 6+ Stock Doves, Kestrel, c10 Small Heaths & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted June 7th, 2021 at 2:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Several brief watches of the sea produced: 1 Black-throated Diver in full Summer plumage, 115 Manx Shearwaters including a flock of 80, 25+ Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoise & 2 Grey Seals. A flock of Starlings passing over the headland sadly didn't have any pink in it!

 

Posted June 7th, 2021 at 2:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 6th June 2021

Kestrel attack

This afternoon a very pale slim bodied raptor flew above me as I was packing up my cameras.  Not a Peregrine, possibly a Hobby.  The local breeding female Kestrel had just made a kill and was returning to her nest when she suddenly accelerated and attacked the other raptor overhead.  The second raptor had a strikingly white throat and breast, very thin moustacial stripes and boldly streaked under tail coverts (only visible in photos) as Hobby.  But I would have expected a Hobby to be vey much more agile in the air so maybe an escaped falconers' bird with jesses?  Any ideas?

Female Kestrel encounter with Falcon
Female Kestrel encounter with Falcon
Female Kestrel encounter with Falcon
Female Kestrel encounter with Falcon

Posted June 6th, 2021 at 9:57 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

East Prawle

2 Rose-Coloured Starlings, both adults near East Prawle, c4pm in field with cows right of main road , 2 fields south of water tower, with c20 Starlings 

Posted June 6th, 2021 at 6:03 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 5th June 2021

Emsworthy & Holwell

Great days out on the 1st and 26th May. Millions of bluebells adorn the fields and woodland with 5 cuckoos heard, and delightfully 3 seen in flight at once. Other birds include Redstart, Wheatear, Curlew, 2 Linnet, 4 Meadow pipit, 2 Skylark, Buzzard, Kestrel, Willow and Garden Warbler, 5 Stonechat, Wren, 3 Coaltit, Chiffchaff, GSW and Mistle Thrush. Add to that the ponies, sheep, cattle and roe deer and landscape what a tremendous venue this is!

All photos in the Gallery.

Posted June 5th, 2021 at 7:25 am by Kenneth Bradley in Bird News

Friday 4th June 2021

Higher Piles / Erme Pound Copse

Walked up and back from Ivybridge. Cuckoos heard from 6/7 directions, but probably only 2/3 birds involved. Best view was of one being dive-bombed by a Tree Pipit, one of 3 seen or heard. Also present were 3/4 singing Redstarts, several Willow Warblers, a family of 5 Ravens and, incongruously, an LBB Gull flushed from among the trees along the riverbank (a hatch of fish?). Dipper and Grey Wagtail were in the river, a steady stream of those little green caterpillars were abseiling from the Oaks, and what I took to be a Brown Trout was leaping to catch flying insects. On the way back a Wheatear carrying food dived into a hole in the stone wall and I could hear several young calling.

Posted June 4th, 2021 at 7:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News

R. Torridge , Westleigh ,

An out of season Dark bellied Brent Goose with a loose group of 

Shelduck on the bank of river at low tide.

Posted June 4th, 2021 at 10:45 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Adult sum plum laughing ( or Franklin’s) paignton!

 On Sunday 30th of may My annual family holiday to Paignton started with a shock! Walked on to paignton beach at c7am to do a sweep of the 2 beach’s, right next to the pier with c15 herring gulls was a striking adult laughing gull ( or Franklin’s) still in shock I quickly got out my phone to take a photo but instantly all the birds took off! The yank gull flew towards Preston sands but I sadly couldn’t relocate it!????? in maybe the two minutes I watched this bird and in obvious shock the features I did observe all suggest laughing gull but I can’t 100 per cent rule out Franklin’s. I alerted Mike langham of the bird immediately. Andy shaw.

Posted June 4th, 2021 at 8:48 am by Andy Shaw in Bird News

Dartmoor

working near Thornworthy when I first heard and then saw a cuckoo.  I managed to get this very distant shot of the bird before it flew off into some more distant trees.

Cuckoo
Cuckoo

Posted June 4th, 2021 at 12:19 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 3rd June 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon: Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 24 Mandarin Ducks (21 drakes) & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted June 3rd, 2021 at 7:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

River Exe (Powderham bike / ped bridge area)

Little Tern at 15:30

Posted June 3rd, 2021 at 3:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Great Torrington

A house martin and two swifts low over Great Torrington town centre this morning

Posted June 3rd, 2021 at 3:22 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Nightjars

At least four Nightjars at Heathfield last night, at one point three birds together on the wing, the wing clapping and churring was a bit sporadic.

Yellow hammers and Stonechats also noted.

Posted June 3rd, 2021 at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Red Kite

1430 south of A380 by Ideford flying south solitary bird. 

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 11:50 pm by James Bullen in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow remains pretty quiet with 5 Curlews the only waders at high tide today. Elsewhere on site, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Whitethroat, pair of Stonechats, Shag & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Red Kite Ugborough

2 Red Kite circling over fields near Ugborough

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 11:11 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Red Kite, Tipple cross

Red Kite flying low over the A388, 500 metres Eaet of Netherbridge over the river Tamar. 11.30 Tuesday 1st June

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 10:39 am by Mark Palmer in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite flying low over Cator area of Dartmoor around noon on 1 June

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 9:09 am by Roger Downing in Bird News

Cann woods

A late evening trip to Cann woods, the winds picked up as the sun set, but Nightjars did start up, not too many flying about, possibly because the winds kept their food supply down low.  But heard around 6-7 different birds. 

Also lots of tawny owl calling, young and adults

Posted June 2nd, 2021 at 8:20 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Tuesday 1st June 2021

Bridgetown, Totnes

5.30pm today, a single Red Kite seen flying from SW to NE over our home in Higher Westonfields.

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 8:59 pm by Charlotte Crow in Bird News

Yarner Wood & Emsworthy Bog

At Yarner several Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3+ Redstarts, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Willow Warblers, Garden Warbler; also 3 Brimstones.

Emsworthy Bog:  5+Cuckoos, singing male Redstart; 1st Painted Lady of the year; amazing bluebells.

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 6:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Red Kites over Newton Popp!

Just before 5pm, sat down in garden and saw high up a Red Kite moning North to South and dropping, came low past next door.

Then another a few mins later, heading south again and dropping into trees behind.

What a treat!

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 5:09 pm by Quinton Cumbes in Bird News

Dartmoor

A return walk from Warren House Inn via Soussons, Challacombe & Headland Warren in the sunshine produced: 8+ Whinchats, 9+ Cuckoos, Crossbill, 2 Redstarts, 3+ Siskins, 2 Green Woodpeckers & just 1 Wheatear. Next-to-no butteflies about.

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

31st May

Out at Powler's piece yesterday late evening. 2 or possibly 3 Nightjars seen, one 'churring' but not until nearly 10p.m.!

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 2:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover and Brisworthy area

2+ Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whinchat, Redstart, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, 2 Whitethroat, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dipper, Green Woodpecker and Goosander (f) the highlights this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 12:58 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Warren House

Yesterday around the Vitifer workings: Whinchats 4, Wheatears 3, Ravens 2, Buzzard 1, Willow Warblers 5, Skylarks12, Meadow Pipits 8, and a solitary Nightjar disturbed in the heather and bilberry scrub,

Whinchat
Whinchat
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 12:44 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Blackcap in Torrington

Still not much sign of migrants around me in Great Torrington, but a blackcap has been resident in Caddywell Lane and it may be him that visited my next door neighbour's garden yesterday. A single swift, but no martins or swalllows despite keeping an eye out

Posted June 1st, 2021 at 6:16 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

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